Despite Justin Trudeau’s efforts to stress Canada’s female-friendly credentials, a new report has identified a ‘substantial gender gap’ in the country’s workplaces. So is this feminist image too good to be true?

Canada’s prime minister is a self-proclaimed feminist. Two years ago, Justin Trudeau’s appointment of the country’s first gender-equal cabinet made headlines worldwide. Recently, his government has released what has been called the “first feminist foreign aid policy”.

But now Canada’s own record on gender equality has been called into question by a perhaps unlikely source. The McKinsey Global Institute, a research arm of the corporate consultancy giant, has declared that the country’s workplaces have a “substantial gender gap”.

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