I find Justin Trudeau’s career as Canadian Prime Minister extremely interesting already and we are only 4 months in. This is for many reasons, the history behind the man baffles me but even more so his family history intrigues me. On top of this his first actions as prime minister were not only astounding but also revolutionary, and for once those who deemed Canada irrelevant suddenly started to take note of the country and its politics. His words as prime minister have put other leaders to shame, quickly making him a favourite amongst left wing political fans. So how did this man become so popular amongst Canadians and the rest of the world so fast?
His younger life
Son of Pierre Trudeau the late Canadian Prime Minister, born on 25th of December 1971 in Ottawa, he was destined for a life in politics with American President Richard Nixon foreseeing his future in a toast whilst visiting the Canadian Prime Minister: “I’d like to toast to the future Prime Minister of Canada: To Justin Pierre Trudeau.”
Following his Bachelors in literature at McGill University in 1994 and his degree in education in 1998 he worked as a teacher until his father died in 2000. Following the eulogy he gave at his father’s funeral (showing him to be a wonderful public speaker), which was televised nationally, there was a huge outcry for him to move into politics however he graciously declined and instead took on a job in a youth service programme in Montreal. He first dipped his toe in the political pool when he chaired a Liberal Task Force on youth renewal in 2006, it would be the following year that he began his campaign and subsequently won the Montreal Papineau district in 2008.
His talents do not just end there though, alongside his political prowess he has proven himself able to act and box, as he starred as Talbot Papineau in the TV movie The Great War in 2007 and defeating Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match in 2012. His charismatic personality could’ve been a reason that he became Liberal party leader in 2013. In 2015 he won office at 43 years old making him the second youngest Canadian Prime Minister.
However since 2015 we have fallen in love with him for so many reasons, all of which have broken the mould of world leader. I have eleven personal reasons for adoring him but I’m sure there are probably hundreds more reasons to love this majestic man.
He is Feminist
With many world leaders fearing the word ‘feminist’-including Britain- it has been deemed a dirty word for a head of state to call themselves this. Justin Trudeau, however, openly and repeatedly has called himself a feminist to the shock and delight of many. Trudeau himself does not seem to be able to understand this excitement and has insisted “I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,” at the UN’s 60th session of the commission on the status of women. As a young woman and feminist myself this was an extraordinary thing to hear, he continued on to ask other world leaders to embrace a gender balanced cabinet as he did when he won office, this astounded me as women have been asking for this for decades. He is an extremely important person in the current fight for equality as these do not seem to have political motives but are simply common sense for Trudeau.
His Gender Balanced Cabinet
His cabinet appointments made sense, which might sound ridiculous but lets look at Britain as a comparison. The equality minister is a woman, great? No. She chose to vote AGAINST the equal marriage rights bill that allowed gay marriage across the UK. The energy and climate change minister has admitted questioning the existence of climate change… seriously. Now to look at Canada’s cabinet- the first Canadian in space- Marc Garneau is transport minister, pretty understandable really as he’s probably been on the most extreme transport man has created. The defence minister is Harjit Sajjan, a decorated lieutenant colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, having served in both Bosnia and Afghanistan. He appointed the first Muslim in cabinet, a man disabled in a drive-by shooting, two aboriginals and an immigrant from India- as well as boasting a 50/50 cabinet. It is this dedication to equality for all that has grabbed the attention of liberals across the world.
The Obama/Trudeau Bromance
This is my all time favourite bromance’s; Obama won the hearts of the world with his charming and charismatic personality however having two world leaders, who’s countries are right next to one another, who both won through their charm we all knew Trudeau’s first visit to the US would be memorable.
I honestly couldn’t put it into words now perfect this was so I felt the video would be better than me explaining. As the two joke around about beers, hockey and who’s country is better it highlights the reason both men won. With Obama having arguably one of the most successful presidencies, what does the future hold for Trudeau? I’m very excited to see.
His Treatment of Syrian Refugees
The picture of dead baby, Alan Kurdi, washing up on the beach that lead to worldwide uproar for a conflict resolution in Syria was felt strongly in Canada, as family of Alan lived there and had applied for refugee status to be granted which was held up by immigration in Canada. To add insult to injury Harper promised to take 10,00 refugees if he won another term while Trudeau’s target if he won was 25,000 and 10,000 before 2016. Trudeau has in fact met this goal already with the 25,000th refugee arriving on 28th February 2016 with headlines from 4th January 2016 claiming that he wouldn’t reach this goal. His love and compassion was evident when welcoming these refugees telling them this was their home now and even attempting some Arabic. In just five months he has made a mockery of Harper and the Canadian Conservative Party, so much so that he seems to have disappeared from Canadian politics recently.
He is Hilarious
Most politicians have a very serious demeanour and they enjoy this as they hope it will give the public opinion that they can deal with important political decisions. However, Trudeau started his campaign with humour with hilarious adverts that poked fun of him and were humorous to inspire votes.
On top of this he is not shy to situations that might make him look silly- famously taking part in traditional Indian dancing which he carried out perfectly- of course. He showed his humour during his visit to the United States as well.
He Adores his Wife
Trudeau is married to Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau a Canadian television host and it is clear that they are incredibly in love, on their first date Trudeau told Sophie “I’m 31 years old, and I’ve been waiting for you for 31 years,” marrying only two years later. The two still do matching fancy dress at halloween, however seem unable to win their three adorable children round, it is clear that this is a strong and inspiring couple and I am excited to see more of them.
He is a Geek
As is obvious from the last picture, Trudeau is a huge geek, even attending ComicCon in Ottawa in 2015 in an adorable Superman shirt. His self-confessed geek-ism gives him a relatable, and awesome, edge with younger voters. Again, I don’t think this is actually a political movement, I genuinely believe he is a massive geek.
He Speaks French
He speaks French. I mean, he looks like that AND speaks the language of love! What isn’t there to love? However he gushes regularly over how wonderfully his wife speaks Spanish!
He has Tattoos
As someone with a few tattoos I am so sick of being told I will never be taken seriously- Trudeau has hopefully silenced some of those people as he has two tattoos and is prime minister- he is also not shy about them taking his top off without feeling embarrassed when showing them.
He is Open About His Drug Use
With many politicians being annoyingly hypocritical about drug use
(George Osborne) Trudeau is open about his past having admitted smoking marijuana and has actually called for the drug to be legalised in Canada. I myself have never touched drugs, never even smoked a cigarette, but I enjoy his honesty and the fact he refuses to be embarrassed by his past.
He Can Balance Babies
Yup. You just saw the Canadian Prime Minister balancing a baby, and if you don’t love him by now, I doubt I’ll ever win you over!
Justin Trudeau is an incredibly remarkable man, and he’s not even been in office a year. I am so excited to see what he does for Canada and the impact he makes on the rest of the world. What do you think about him and his ideas?