As much as American politics has permeated life in Canada in the past two years, we don’t often get to partake in the fun parts. We get to be on the receiving end of NAFTA demands and have to worry about how well Justin Trudeau is going to shake Donald Trump’s hand (he totally nailed it). This week though, Hillary Clinton made a stop in Toronto while on her book tour for What Happened to talk how she feels about the election, women in politics and even a bit about Canada. On her 15-city book tour, Clinton actually has three Canadian stops (she’s also hitting up Vancouver and Montreal). That just goes to show: Hill knows that there are a number of Canadians who are #WithHer.
Linda got in line at 11:30 am and brought her “Lil Hill” doll with her. Says she’s been a Clinton fan for decades pic.twitter.com/dplkigvjLy
— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@fitzpatrick_m) September 28, 2017
It looks like Clinton is a fan of our’s too. She noted the differences between Canadian and American governmental systems and how much better the Canadian parliamentary system is for electing a leader. In Canada, you have to become the leader of your party to even have a shot at running for Prime Minister. In the U.S., as HRC puts it, ‘literally anyone can run for president.’ She also applauded Trudeau’s gender-balanced cabinet and talked about getting more women into politics–obviously a topic near and dear to her heart.
‘I want more women in politics so that our politics is more representative,’ she said, ‘And that the voices of families and communities and entire nations are heard. That’s why I applauded when Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet and I loved his answer when he was asked why. He said, ‘Well, because it’s 2015.’
‘So I hope women–and especially young women–will read this book and be inspired to get involved in politics and maybe even run for office yourselves.’
If anyone understands the blowback of being a woman in politics and a successful woman in general, it’s Hillary Clinton. She also addressed how women are still needing to carve out their place in a man’s world where they are very rarely welcomed or shown the same respect as their male counterparts.
‘For men, professional success and likability go hand in hand,’ she observed, ‘Not for women.’ She elaborated by referencing how Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate hearing for reading a letter from Coretta Scott King about Sessions’ character (nevertheless, she persisted). Clinton added that just last week, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was called ‘Climate Barbie’ by her colleague, Conservative MP Gerry Ritz. This isn’t an isolated issue.
Clinton says she believes a woman will one day be President but adds, “I just hope she’s someone I agree with, so I can support her!”
— NEWSTALK1010 (@NEWSTALK1010) September 29, 2017
Clinton wants readers to take away a few main lessons from her book. The first is to ‘take on the challenges we face and get back on the right track.’ She elaborated to say that she means that in every aspect of life, not just for people who lose historic American Presidential elections. She talked about the value of self-care especially in the midst of challenges and defeat.
‘I’ll admit there were times when I just wanted to pull the covers over my head,’ she said, ‘But I spent a lot of time with my family and my friends. Took some long walks in the woods. Watched a lot of Home and Garden TV. Went through a frenzy of organizing every drawer and closet in my house. Played with our two dogs, did some Yoga… I guess people call that self-care and I really recommend it all.’
And of course, the main message of her speech, tour and book is to keep fighting. As she said at the end of her appearance, ‘I am going to get up every day trying to figure out how to do what I say is resist, insist, persist and enlist.’
Clinton in closing: I’m going to use my voice and platform to tackle challenges and get more people involved & support democracy
— Courtney Heels (@CourtHeelsCP24) September 29, 2017
Clinton will appear in Montreal October 23 and Vancouver December 13.