CANADA’S NEW PRIME MINISTER
Following the footsteps of his father, Justin Pierre James Trudeau took office as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister last November.
His father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, was the country’s legendary 15th Prime Minister when Justin was born in 1971. Historically, Pierre was a formidable force in Canadian politics, who played a pivotal role in decriminalizing homosexuality and keeping Quebec from separating from Canada. He married Justin’s mother Margaret, who was 30 years younger, whilst he was in office.
Justin is the second child in Canadian history to be born to a prime minister in office. His younger siblings Alexandre (born 1973) and Michel (1998) were the third and fourth, respectively.
The second-youngest Canadian Prime Minister, Justin at 44 years, is nevertheless, the first of a child from a previous prime minister, to hold the post. The youngest ever was Joe Clark, who was 39 when he assumed office in 1979.
Justin started his career as a schoolteacher, and transitioned to politics in 2008 when he was first elected to the Canadian Parliament. In 2013, he became the leader of the Liberal Party.
In the political arena, Justin displayed a very progressive nature. He shares common interest in combating climate change with US President Barack Obama. Whilst in Washington, the two renewed commitments to fight global warming, including steps to reduce methane gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent over the next 10 years.
The Canadian Prime Minister also announced in February that his country would be pulling out of airstrikes against ISIS terrorists, but would increase commitments to ground troops involved in the training of Iraqi forces.