I DO not know why we do not allow our young men in the Arab world to demonstrate their leadership talents. I do not know why we always put our trust in the elderly people our age or more senior to us.
I was impressed about what happened last week in one of the most developed and advanced countries in the world when Justin Trudeau, the son of the former prime minister of Canada followed in his father’s footsteps in what is seen as a successful experiment.
Trudeau Jr who was born in 1971 is highly qualified — an academician and a politician. He is the son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Margaret Joan Sinclair Trudeau daughter of a former minister, an author, actress, photographer and a controversial media personality.
Trudeau graduated from McGill University, the university from which our doctors qualify as consultants. It is the same university with which our government has signed a contract to fine-tune our hospitals against the wishes of these hospitals.
Justin Trudeau is a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.
After graduation he worked as a teacher in Vancouver. He then joined the Montreal Polytechnic to study engineering, returned to the McGill University for his Masters degree in Environmental Geography. Later he thrust himself into Canadian politics.
Canada has many conservative parties and separatists in Quebec, but recently a political party, the Liberal Party, brought about the unity of Canadians. It is the Liberal Party that always believes in universal identity of Canada and is considered to be one of the most ethnic ally and diverse countries in the world.
Trudeau’s Liberal Party ended the nine-year reign of the Conservative party.
In his victory speech, Trudeau said he will be the leader of all Canadians, the man whose election manifesto was the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea and offered to host the largest number of Syrian refugees — victimized by the conflict.
Last week, we also saw him visiting one of the Husseiniyas in Ottawa, wearing the Panjabi ‘kurta’ and sat among the congregation to listen to the sermon depicting the event of ‘Karbala’. This was to confirm his election slogan that he is the ‘leader of all Canadians’ regardless of their diversity.
Justin Trudeau, a qualified young man, should be an example for all our young men. He comes from a prominent political dynasty, but he did not depend on his father’s fame; instead, he worked his way to become who he is today and he strived to earn that position.
I hope this young politician will inspire our youth, especially those from the ruling family, whom we see occupying higher positions in which they did not major and have no relationship to them whatsoever.
I am not specifically addressing the young men from the ruling family, but also the ‘old guys’ like us or a little younger than us assuming that the new positions they hold have nothing in common.
It is not a shame for the son of so and so to hold a high-ranking position as long as this ‘son’ is qualified and has the credentials to hold that position just like the Canadian Justin Trudeau. He is an excellent example for our young.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli – Former Minister of Oil