Justin Trudeau and his liberal party are recognized for championing progressive causes and using international forums to deliver lectures on human and LGBTQ+ rights. However, during his recent attendance at the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia, an unexpected absence emerged – Trudeau remained silent on LGBTQ+ issues. This silence might be attributed to Indonesia’s harsh stance on homosexuality, where same-sex relationships are prohibited and can lead to arrests. In this context, Trudeau’s decision to forgo his usual lecture on LGBTQ+ rights raises questions.
Trudeau lectures Meloni
Remember when Trudeau at the G7 conference in Hiroshima, took aim at Giorgia Meloni and her LGBTQ+ record? It’s almost as if Trudeau believes he has a monopoly on LGBTQ+ rights and can unilaterally set the world’s moral compass.
In a meeting on the margins of the G7 conference, Trudeau criticised Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights. “Obviously, Canada is concerned about some of the (positions) that Italy is taking in terms of LGBT rights,” Trudeau told Meloni, who was visibly irritated.
Trudeau’s Lecture Fiasco in Poland
His propensity for addressing LGBTQ+ rights on the global stage extended to criticizing Poland’s treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals. During a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Trudeau voiced his concerns about Poland’s LGBTQ+ rights record. Notably, this exchange occurred on the second day of Pride Month, emphasizing the timing of Trudeau’s remarks.
Poland’s political landscape has shown resistance to LGBTQ+ rights, with Morawiecki’s party viewing them as a threat to family values, while a cabinet minister has publicly expressed discriminatory views. Additionally, some regions in Poland have declared themselves “LGBT-free zones.”
Trudeau’s LGBTQ lecture missing in Indonesia
And now when Trudeau was in Indonesia to attend the ASEAN summit, he did something unexpected. Trudeau publicly criticized Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni over LGBTQ+ rights but refrained from addressing similar concerns with leaders from countries like Indonesia.
Italy, as an EU member, maintains LGBTQ+ friendly policies, whereas Indonesia has laws that can lead to arrests for homosexuality, including caning as a form of punishment. Despite the stark contrast, Trudeau’s office issued two statements about his meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo without mentioning LGBTQ+ issues, raising questions about the discrepancy.
Trudeau’s willingness to raise LGBTQ+ rights issues appears to depend on the leader’s gender and the political climate of their respective countries. He seems more inclined to address these concerns when speaking with female leaders from European countries, especially those with conservative-leaning parties, possibly to depict them as intolerant and score political points with his voter base.
A recent example of this strategy is evident in the travel warning issued by the Trudeau government regarding the United States, where they vaguely suggested that the United States might not be safe for LGBTQ+ Canadians. This tactic involves invoking Republican governors and the specter of Donald Trump to link the issue with Canada’s Conservative party.
However, Trudeau’s selective approach raises questions about his consistency in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights on the global stage. His silence during meetings with male leaders from Asian countries where diverse sexuality is less accepted implies a reluctance to confront these leaders on the matter. This inconsistency highlights a potential political agenda rather than a singular commitment to these issues.
Why didn’t Trudeau lecture Widodo?
Justin Trudeau seems acutely aware of his declining popularity due to his woke ideologies. Recent protests in Canada, particularly among the Muslim community, have criticised his stance on issues like gender laws. This has resulted in a notable drop in his popularity within this community. Trudeau appears to strategically choose when and where to engage in certain discussions, as evidenced by his decision to remain quiet on LGBTQ+ rights issues while in a predominantly Muslim country. While he publicly lectures some leaders, he remains silent with others. This highlights his desire to maintain support among different segments of the population.