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At IIM Ahmedabad, Justin Trudeau talks dynastic politics, sexism, gender discrimination

The Canadian PM made the statement when asked for his thoughts on dynastic politics at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Ahmedabad [ Published on: February 19, 2018 18:17 IST ]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at IIM Ahmedabad
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at IIM Ahmedabad

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said that “as a man in business and politics, I had lots of advantage”, even as he drew attention to the sexism and discrimination women face. 

“Any comments about how a man looks isn't even an eyelash worth of the systemic discrimination women face. As a man in business and politics, I had lots of advantage but I didn't go near discrimination, sexism, superficiality and judgement that women go through daily,” ANI quoted Trudeau as saying. 

The Canadian PM made the statement when asked for his thoughts on dynastic politics at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. 

Trudeau admitted to having a "certain level of advantage" as "people had seen the values (he) was raised with in deciding whether to vote for (him) or not."

"Citizens are not fools. Citizens can tell whether someone is genuine in their approach or just trying to live up to some lofty familial expectation. For me, all my life I focused on how I could best make a difference. I decided early on much to my father's pleasure that I wouldn't go anywhere near politics, because for one thing, I knew more than anyone else what kind of a difficult impact it has on one's kids, so it wasn't an automatic choice for me," he added.

The Canadian PM also stressed that his decision to venture into politics was genuine and not linked to his father, former prime minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau. He added that his political lineage drew as much skepticism as it helped him. 

The PM highlighted the importance of integration of people at various levels, including language and healthcare. Trudeau, who arrived in India on Saturday, is on a week-long state visit to the country.

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