My Daughter Interviewed the Prime Minister!

Justin Trudeau
@Ruby3881 (2012)
Canada
April 29, 2016 2:47am CST
I have been very busy this last while with blogs on a couple of sites, and have also been focusing on IRL things too. One thing that happened this week, which was very exciting for our family, is that my youngest daughter's class had a teleconference with the Prime Minister. Our Katydid is not quite 12, and was chosen to ask two questions of the PM. One was a more personal one about his teaching career. The other was a more serious question about transgender rights and the whole "bathroom" controversy. Our Katydid was chosen to ask this particular question after a class discussion on the subject, in which she took a very active role. The PM complimented her on asking a laudable question, and she seems quite satisfied with his answer. I wrote more about it here: http://goo.gl/Q5qZcq It's quite a memorable occasion, getting to meet and interview your country's leader - especially at such a tender age! I'm glad that our Katydid has such a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, and that he took the time to set up the conference. [Image: Jean-Marc Carisse/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0]
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@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
29 Apr 16
I don't know if i can do the same thing as what your daughter did. I might faint while looking at him
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
Our Prime Minister is a very charismatic and handsome man, as his father was also known to be. But he is a really down to earth guy, too. He's very much like my daughter's teacher, so I'm sure she wasn't nervous at all. After the interview was over he posed for a photo with all the students and their teacher. It's a very silly one, with him cheering and pulling a face :)
@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
29 Apr 16
@Ruby3881 he is ma'am. *whispers* got a crush on him
@LadyDuck (157722)
• Switzerland
29 Apr 16
It's great that they allow young people to ask questions to the Prime Minister. Something that we will never see in Italy.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
Trudeau is a very unique politician. You would never have seen the previous PM do this!
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@LadyDuck (157722)
• Switzerland
29 Apr 16
@Ruby3881 I understand, it's not a matter of country but a matter of different Man.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
30 Apr 16
@LadyDuck Indeed! Our former PM (Harper) was very cold and impersonal. Not a very pleasant man, at all.
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@JudyEv (123429)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr 16
What a memorable occasion for her. Not too many would get this chance.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
It sure is a unique opportunity! Especially when you consider that her school only has a total of about 40 students.... This is actually the third time since the fall that this class has had occasion to ask questions of their country's political leaders. The first was an in-person debate with the candidates for Member of Parliament for our riding. All the candidates came and had a great time, except for the incumbent Conservative candidate. He didn't even bother to respond to the invitation. Not surprisingly, he lost his office to a much better qualified NDP candidate. And his party lost control of the government for the first time in a decade :) The other time was another Skype interview, with the education minister for our province.
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@JudyEv (123429)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr 16
@Ruby3881 This is a great way to interest students in government and to show them how their country is run.
@imravi (2363)
• India
29 Apr 16
You got a real reason to party hard...it's amazing that your daughter got a chance to interact with Prime Minister....congratulations to you and your family....:)
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
Thank you!
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@imravi (2363)
• India
29 Apr 16
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
29 Apr 16
That was a real nice experience for your daughter and her classmates. Something to remember
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
30 Apr 16
Most definitely! And perhaps one day she will meet him, face to face
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 16
How education has moved on - a teleconference with the Prime Minister! That was a great thing for the teacher to do and kudos to the Prime Minister for agreeing to take part.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
30 Apr 16
Trudeau has been teleconferencing and meeting face to face with young people all over Canada, and even in the US. He is a very engaged and engaging leader.
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@acelawrites (10961)
• Philippines
29 Apr 16
That was a nice experience for your child to interview the Prime Minister. And the teacher as you said should be commended for facilitating the conference. I also admire your PM for reaching and talking to school children. BTW, he got a lot of admirers (the teens) when he visited our country for the APEC meeting, because of his looks!
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
His father was the same way! he wore a rose in his lapel every day, and all the ladies found him handsome :) One thing that is really unique about Justin Trudeau is that he makes our youth a priority. He is the Prime Minister, but also our Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth.
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@TRBRocks420 (77689)
• Banks, Oregon
29 Apr 16
Wow that's pretty cool. Congrats to your daughter.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
Thank you! I'm really proud of her. On her report card, her teacher said she is a human rights lawyer in the making, and I think he could be right!
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@boiboing (12606)
• Northampton, England
29 Apr 16
He's quite the cutie, your PM.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
That's what they used to say when his father was Prime Minister, too!
@Shavkat (62709)
• Philippines
29 Apr 16
I think he really portrays a good leader. I am pretty sure he emphasized the importance of education. It is a great experience for your daughter to talk with the great leader.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
I don't know if they did talk specifically about education, but as he is a former teacher it's known that he wants to see kids stay in school as long as possible. He has also increased student aid, so more Canadian youth can afford university :)
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@MALUSE (40247)
• Germany
14 Mar 17
He's such a good-looking chap!
@zarlamain (24525)
• United States
6 Jul 16
That is really amazing! I'm sure you are so proud of her!
@paigea (22199)
• Canada
13 Jun 16
What an honour for Katydid. I am sure she will always remember that!
@mom210 (6761)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 May 16
That is definitely something she will never forget. What a great opportunity.
@AmbiePam (49102)
• United States
3 May 16
That's really pretty cool.