As it turns out, ensuring that your cabinet has an equal number of men and women for the first time in Canadian history doesn't grant you immunity from your very own #MeToo moment.
That's right: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has won widespread praise from the world's liberals for his commitment to supporting intersectional feminism and multiculturalism, has been accused of a woman.
In an editorial published in the Creston Valley Advance back in 2000, a small paper in British Columbia, a woman recounts her experience of being groped by Trudeau, followed by an audacious apology where he admits that he wouldn't have groped her if he knew she would report on the incident.
Images of the editorial started circulating online earlier this week:
"I'm sorry. If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward." Those were the words that were spoken to an Advance reporter by Justin Trudeau, son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, on Aug. 4. Trudeau, who was in Creston to celebrate the Kokanee Summit festival put on by the Columbia Brewery, apologized - a day late - for inappropriately "handling" the reporter while she was on assignment...
Here is a slightly better quality image of an editorial in the August 14, 2000 Creston Valley Advance, a local B.C. paper, which claims Justin Trudeau apologized for "inappropriately handling" (or "groping" in the paper's words) a female reporter. pic.twitter.com/fZ748QqWYX— Sean Craig (@sdbcraig) June 7, 2018
As Breitbart describes it, the editorial is "largely dismissive" of Trudeau's apology, the tone of which is a shocking departure from Trudeau's essay, published last year, urging parents to raise their boys as feminists.
"All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys – and it’s on all of us to make that a reality," he wrote in an essay for Marie Claire magazine. "Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism."
Feminism, noted Trudeau, was not just the belief that men and women are equal. "It’s the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free."
Most recently, Trudeau unveiled a "gender equity" budget back in February hoping to eliminate the pay gap.
Of course, the "pay gap" narrative, as progressives tell it, leaves out important details, like the fact that the "gap" stems from preferences like women choosing more flexibility over responsibility, in part to enable them to act as caregivers for those who have children. Maybe if Trudeau would look at the data, he'd also consider taking action to eliminate the "reverse pay gap" where female CEOs make more than their male peers?
Fortunately for Trudeau, the tense trade negotiations leading up to the G-7 summit have buried this story - or was that an intentional coverage decision by mainstream media outlets?
For what it's worth, Trudeau has denied groping the woman, according to the Daily Beast.
In a statement issued Thursday, a spokesperson for Trudeau said: "He remembers being in Creston for the Avalanche Foundation, but doesn’t think he had any negative interactions there."