In 1972, none other than fabled former American President John F.Kennedy prophesized that a four-month-old Justin Pierre Trudeau would become Canada’s Prime Minister. Forty-four years later, the handsome, charismatic leader takes oath as the first Liberal Prime Minister in ten years.
Prime Minister Trudeau has quite the illustrious lineage – he is the eldest son of one of Canada’s true celebrity power couples, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau. His father was a captivating personality in his own right, sweeping the nation with his charisma and winning the 1968 Prime Ministerial election.
A polarizing figure, the senior Trudeau won hearts, no minority of young women amongst them, and dated celebrities, Barbara Streisand being the most famous. Pierre Trudeau remains one of Canada’s most well-regarded politicians, remembered for completing Canada’s “Patriation” and placating Quebecois seperatists.
Justin Trudeau becomes the first son of a former Prime Minister to assume the role. The junior Trudeau, while sedate compared to his father, has quite a few feathers in his cap, just not as colourful. He tried his hand at being a teacher, an engineer, a bungee-jumping coach and a nightclub bouncer, according to NBC.
Canada’s second youngest Prime Minister can also count actor and stripper amongst his repertoire. He played World War I Canadian war hero Talbot Papineau in the 2008 film “Passchendaele”. Trudeau sportingly stripped to his shirt in front of an audience at the “What a Girl Wants” gala in aid of research into liver disease in 2011, raising almost C$2000.
But the highlight of his non-political pursuits was his charity boxing match with Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau in 2012. “Fight for the Cure” raised C$ 230,000 towards cancer treatment and saw Trudeau beating 3-1 favorite Brazeau. The Prime Minister to-be pummeled the scrappier-looking, more muscled Brazeau till the referee actually stopped the fight in the third round. Here’s a video of the full fight: