Few countries in the world have a younger and better educated Prime Minister than the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This well-educated young man is the second youngest Prime Minister of Canada, second only to Joe Clark. And he is the first elected Prime Minister who is the child of a previous elected Prime Minister. He is the son of Pierre Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada. He has performed some amazing feats, one of which was to lead his Liberal party from third place (by the number of seats) to first place, thus winning a landslide victory. He had the largest increment in the number of seats of any party in Canadian history. It is not surprising that Forbes Magazine ranks him among the most powerful persons in the world. He stands 69th in that list.
Justin Trudeau was born Christmas eve in 1971, while his father was still in office. Despite repeated protests from his wife, they permitted Pierre Trudeau into the delivery room. Little did they know that their son would follow in his father’s footsteps. In fact, in April 1972, American President Nixon raised a toast “Tonight, we’ll dispense with formalities. I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada — to Justin Pierre Trudeau.” The Prime Minister noted that should this come true, he would want his son to have “the grace and skill of the President” (Nixon). In April 1972, Nixon gave a champagne toast during a buffet meal. His remarks have become known as the Nixon prophecy. “Tonight, we’ll dispense with formalities. I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada — to Justin Pierre Trudeau.”
In 2009, Trudeau spoke of his parent’s marriage. “They loved each other incredibly, passionately, completely. But there were 30 years between them and my Mom never was an equal partner in what encompassed my father’s life, his duty, his country.”
Since childhood, they gave Justin the “normal” treatment, to make sure they raised him with no unreasonable privileges. They sent him to a public school and used the school bus (as opposed to a limousine) to his school.
Later in life, Justin Trudeau has used his public status to promote various causes. For instance, he and his family started the Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign for winter sports safety in 2000, two years after his brother, Michel Trudeau, died in an avalanche during a ski trip.
In 2002, Trudeau criticized British Columbia’s decision to suspend its funding for a public avalanche warning system.
In 2005, Trudeau fought against a proposed $100 million zinc mine that he argued would poison the Nahanni River, a United Nations World Heritage Site in the Northwest Territories.
He became involved with the Liberal Party from a young age, and that involvement progressed over the years. He won the party’s nomination in 2007, and in 2015, he led his party to win the elections in one of the biggest upsets in the Canadian political history. The rest, so far, is history.
For a good laugh, just watch the short video below. Some Americans’ thought on who Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is.