Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008, representing the riding of Papineau. He became leader of the Liberal Party in April 2013. In 2015 he led the Liberal Party from 36 seats to 184 and formed government.
In addition to acting as Prime Minister, Trudeau has given himself the role of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth.
He is the second-youngest Prime Minister in the country’s history and the first child of a former PM to ever hold the position. Trudeau is the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He caught public attention when delivering a eulogy for his father in 2000, though he said at the time he was not interested in politics.
After his father’s death, Trudeau became more active in the Liberal Party than he had been previously, hosting a celebration of leader Jean Chretien in 2003 and leading a task force on youth engagement prior to the 2006 election.
He decided to run as a candidate in 2007, and was nominated in Papineau for the 2008 election.
Prior to being elected leader, Trudeau served as the Liberal Party’s critic for youth, post-secondary education, amateur sports, multiculturalism and citizenship and immigration. He also sat as a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
Before running for office, Trudeau worked as a public speaker and advocate. He is very proud of his advocacy work for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and his activism to protect the Northwest Territories’ Nahanni River.
He also served as chair of Katimavik, Canada’s national youth service program between 2002 and 2006. He also worked as a teacher of French and math in British Columbia.
Trudeau has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.
He is passionate about youth empowerment, sustainability and Canada’s place in the world.
His grandfather, James Sinclair, served as Minister of Fisheries under Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent.
He is married to Sophie Grégoire and they have three children.