Justin Pierre James Trudeau is a Canadian politician. The Prime Minister of Canada, he is a longtime supporter of grassroots causes. He is the second youngest Prime Minister of Canada to date.
Born in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, was Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979. While Trudeau grew up during his father’s tenure, he did not enter politics until eight years after his father’s death in 2008.
Trudeau graduated from McGill University in 1994 with a degree in literature. After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of British Columbia, he worked as a teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia. Additionally, Trudeau has also worked as an actor, appearing in the starring role of the film The Great War, which depicted Canadian participation on World War I.
Throughout his life, Trudeau openly supported education and public causes. 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.
Trudeau and his brother Alexandre inaugurated the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto in April 2004. The centre later became part of the Munk School of Global Affairs.
That following year, Trudeau fought against a proposed $100-million zinc mine he argued would poison the Nahanni River, a United Nations World Heritage Site located in the Northwest Territories.
In 2006, Trudeau demonstrated his passion for literature by hosting the Giller Prize for literature. And that same year, he was the master of ceremonies at a Toronto rally organized by Roméo Dallaire, which called for Canadian involvement in ending the human rights crisis in Darfur.
After supporting human rights and justice causes throughout his life, Trudeau finally decided to enter politics in 2008. He announced he would seek the Liberal nomination of Papineau for the next general election, and he went on to win the party nomination by majority. Trudeau then worked in Opposition from 2008 to 2015 in Prime Minister’s Stephen Harper’s conservative governments.
On October 19, 2015, after the longest official campaign in Canada over a century, Trudeau led the Liberals to a decisive victory in the federal election. On November 4, 2015, Trudeau and the rest of the cabinet were sworn into their new positions, and Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada.
As Prime Minister, Trudeau continues to support progressive causes, such as women and minority rights. When asked why he felt gender equality was important, Trudeau simply responded, “Because it’s 2015.”
Trudeau met with hundreds of First Nations chiefs and leaders at the Assembly of First Nations in December 2015, where he laid out his philosophy and commitments to Canada’s indigenous people. He assured First Nations people in Canada held “constitutionally-guaranteed rights. . . [which is] a sacred obligation.”
In 2016, Trudeau made history by becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister to march in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade.
Trudeau is married to Sophie Grégoire. They have three children, Xavier James, Ella-Grace Margaret and Hadrien Grégoire.