Justin Trudeau is a brilliant Canadian politician famously known for being the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. He began his political career several years ago and has served in various positions before becoming the Prime Minister in 2015. Amazingly, he is the second youngest person after Joe Clark to become the Canadian Prime Minister. Justin is also the first prime minister to be related to a previous prime minister; he is the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau. In addition, he is equally the leader of the Liberal Party. Learn more about his Trudeau’s bio, career, family and other facts below.
Justin Trudeau Bio
Justin Trudeau was born on the night of Christmas in 1971 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Interestingly, he is the second child in the history of Canada to be born to a ruling prime minister. The first was Margaret Mary Theodora Macdonald, the daughter of John A. Macdonald. Justin’s younger brothers Alexandre and Michel were the third and fourth children respectively. Justin possesses Canadian nationality as well as Scottish and French-Canadian descent.
While he was growing, Justin was enrolled into Rockcliffe Park Public School in the French immersion program in 1976. Soon after his graduation, he went on to spend the next year at a French private school named Lycée Claudel d’Ottawa. In 1984, his family moved to Montreal where he also attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, his father’s alma mater. Later on, Justin acquired a degree in Literature from McGill University and another degree in Education from the University of British Columbia.
After graduation, Justin stayed in Vancouver where he started working as a substitute in local schools. He also worked as a Maths and French teacher at West Point Grey Academy. He studied engineering from 2002 to 2004 at The Polytechnique Montréal. Not only that, but he also began a master’s program in environmental geography at McGill but didn’t complete it. He suspended it for public office among other reasons.
Justin Trudeau started his political career supporting the Liberal Party leader John Turner in the 1988 federal election. After the death of his father, he became more involved with the Liberal Party in the 2000s. Interestingly, he co-hosted a tribute to the outgoing prime minister Jean Chrétien at the party’s 2003 leadership convention. In 2006, he threw in his support for Gerard Kennedy shortly before the 2006 convention. However, when Kennedy dropped out of the race, Justin joined him to support the eventual winner, Stéphane Maurice Dion.
After Stéphane Dion resigned as the leader of the Liberal Party in 2008, there was speculation that Justin Trudeau would take up the position. However, after much contemplation, he decided that he wouldn’t run for the position as he had a young family. The position would go to Michael Ignatieff. Despite this, support still flooded in after Michael Ignatieff resigned as leader in 2011 and Justin later announced in 2012 that he would reconsider his decision to not seek the leadership.
On the 2nd of October, 2012, Justin held a rally in Montreal to launch his bid for Liberal Party leader. After campaigns and matches against other candidates, he emerged victorious on the 14th of April, 2013 with 80.1% of 30,800 votes. His political career got a positive turn around in 2015 when he emerged as the Prime Minister of Canada. Amazingly, he is the second-youngest Canadian after Joe Clark to serve in that position.
Parents: Father and Mother
Justin Trudeau came from a lineage of politicians and was born to Pierre Trudeau. His father was also a politician who served as the 15th prime minister of Canada. Notably, Pierre was the third-longest-serving prime minister in the history of Canada; he served the country for 15 years, 164 days. He was born on the 18th of October, 1919 and passed on the 28th of September, 2000. His mother, Margaret Trudeau (née Sinclair) is a multi-talented Canadian actress, author, photographer, and media personality. She was born on the 10th of September, 1948.
Justin’s parents got hitched in 1971 and were married for thirteen years before their relationship turned into flames. They separated in 1977 and their divorce process was finalized in April 1984. Meanwhile, Justin isn’t the only child of his parents; he has two other brothers named Alexender and Michel. Sadly, Michel kicked the bucket on 13th November 1998. He died after he was swept away by an avalanche while skiing in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. She is also an advocate for people with bipolar disorder, which she is diagnosed with.
Additionally, Trudeau has three stepsiblings named Sarah Coyne (from his father’s relationship with Susan Coyne); Kyle Kemper and Alicia Kemper (from his mother’s second marriage).
Family: Wife and Kids
Justin Trudeau is married to Sophie Grégoire, a former TV talk show hostess he met when he was a child. She was the classmate and childhood friend of his brother Michel. In June 2003, they reconnected as adults. Sophie was assigned to be Justin’s co-host for a charity ball and months after the ball they began dating. They announced their engagement in October 2001 and tied the knot on the 28th of May, 2005.
Together, they have three children – Xavier James, Ella-Grace Margaret, and Hadrien Grégoire. Their first child, Xavier was born on the 18th of October, 2007 and two years later, Ella-Grace was born on 5th of February, 2009. The baby of the house Hadrien was born on 28th of February, 2014.
Is He Gay?
While Justin Trudeau has not come out to say that he is gay (possibly because of his marriage to his wife), he has openly supported gay rights. He’s the first Canadian prime minister to ever march in a gay parade. He marched in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade in July 2016. Prior to that, he had attended previous parades in Vancouver and Toronto.
Height and Other Information
Full Name: Justin Pierre James Trudeau
Height: 6 feet 1 inch (188 cm)
Date of Birth: 23rd of Junes, 1971
Place of Birth: Ottawa, Canada
Marital Status: Married