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Trudeau's cabinet gender quota spurs debate over choosing freely

Was our new Prime Minister restricted by his campaign promise of a 50-50 gender split in cabinet? If he hadn't made that pledge would he have been able to find fifteen truly capable Men? The new cabinet offered up more than one historic moment and may have shattered more than one assumption.
On Wednesday, 15 women were appointed as federal cabinet ministers under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, 43, kicked off his majority government with some controversy with his decision to name an equal number of men and women to a slimmed-down Cabinet, the first time gender parity has been achieved in Canada's team of ministers.

"Because it's 2015."

 And the times, they are -- it seems -- a changing.  Soon after being sworn in as prime minister yesterday, Justin Trudeau revealed his first cabinet.

 As promised, half the new ministers are women. And as may have been inevitable, much chatter ensued about gender, and merit, and whether his move for parity is right, or fair. 

In his own words, Trudeau presented, "a cabinet that looks like Canada."

The 50-50 gender mix is our focus today.

This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Lara O'Brien.