OTTAWA: Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai was bestowed with honorary Canadian citizenship on April 12 and her address to the Canadian Parliament left everyone impressed. But there was more to the inspirational speech that drew praise of the participants for the young lady.
The 19-year-old spoke about the importance of educating women, the refugee crises, and much more in her speech. “I want to thank Canada for its passion for girls’ education, for its passion for humanity, for refugees, and for standing up for women’s rights, and for peace,” she said.
However, as inspiring as her address was, Malala also made everyone laugh with some of her words during her speech. Especially when she spoke about meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Yousafzai didn’t shy away from talking about the thing that has surprised her most about the prime minister. She said, “We have heard so much about Prime Minister Trudeau but one thing has surprised me: people are always talking about how young he is. They say that he’s the second-youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. He does yoga. He has tattoos. And a lot more…,” and left everyone is splits.
“When I was coming here, everyone was telling me, like, ‘Shake prime minister’s hand and let us know how he looks in reality,’” she continued, adding, “And, people were just so excited about meeting Trudeau. I don’t think anyone cared about the Canadian honorary citizenship.” Both, Trudeau and his wife flushed in pink while the others laughed out loud on Malala’s words.
Here’s the video.
Skip to 22 minutes 40 seconds of the video to hear what Malala said about Mr.Trudeau.