Quote: Originally Posted by scratch
So what, learn the language, it is a bonus in today's world to be bilingual. And it certainly doesn't hurt your resume.
And because I think you are a reasonable and open guy, read this:
Trudeau at the 2006 Liberal leadership campaign
Born December 25
(1971--) (age 35)
Political party Liberal
Spouse Sophie Grégoire Relations Pierre Trudeau
and Margaret Trudeau
Alma mater McGill University
Religion Roman Catholic
(born December 25
in Ottawa, Ontario
) is the eldest son of the late former Canadian
and Margaret Sinclair Trudeau Kemper
. Trudeau has recently won the federal Liberal Party
nomination in the Montreal riding of Papineau
Early life and personal life
Trudeau and his younger brother, Alexandre (Sacha)
, were both born on December 25
. Pierre and Margaret Trudeau separated in 1977
, when Justin was 6 years old. Pierre retired as Prime Minister in 1984
Justin Trudeau was only the second child in Canadian history to be born during a father's term as Prime Minister; he was preceded by John A. Macdonald
's youngest daughter Margaret Mary Macdonald.
Pierre Trudeau raised his children in relative privacy in Montreal. Justin studied English literature (BA
, McGill University
) and Education (B.Ed
, University of British Columbia
), eventually becoming a teacher in British Columbia
. He is currently completing a Master of Arts in Geography at McGill University
At the state funeral of Pierre Trudeau
, Justin delivered a memorable eulogy.
On May 28
, Justin Trudeau married Sophie Grégoire
, a former model and Quebec television host. Trudeau is one of several children of former Prime Ministers who have become Canadian media personalities. The others are Ben Mulroney
, Catherine Clark
, and Justin's younger brother, Alexandre
. Though Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney were longtime foes, this rivalry did not carry over to their sons, as Ben Mulroney was a guest at Justin Trudeau's wedding. In April of 2007
, the couple announced they were expecting their first child.
On October 18
, Grégoire-Trudeau gave birth to the couple's son, Xavier James Trudeau, in Montreal, Quebec
Media and political career
Trudeau has used his media footing to offer his opinion or act as an advocate for various issues.
Entrance into political realm
- He has been a campaigner for winter sports safety since the death of his brother Michel in an avalanche on a ski trip in 1998.
- In 2003, he served as a panelist on CBC Radio's
series, where he championed
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
by Wayne Johnston.
- On 17 September 2006, Trudeau hosted a rally in Ramsden Park in Toronto, calling for Canadian participation in the Darfur crisis.
- On 25 October 2006, Trudeau appeared on CTV's Canada AM. Asked about what he thought of Quebecers asking for national recognition, he replied that nationalism today as a general concept is "based on a smallness of thought.” His comments were seen as a criticism of Michael Ignatieff's push to recognize Quebec as a nation.
- During the 2006 Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention, Trudeau endorsed Gerard Kennedy. When Kennedy dropped off after the 2nd ballot, Trudeau went with him to support former Environment Minister--and ultimate winner--Stephane Dion.
Trudeau (left) is seated next to Darfurian refugee Tragi Mustafa, and an unknown female event organiser is seated next to Roméo Dallaire
In January 2007, rumours were getting persistent about Justin Trudeau entering politics
, especially after being highly active in the 2006 Liberal convention.
It was rumoured that Trudeau was going to run in the Montreal Outremont
riding which is a traditional Liberal
stronghold, after former Minister of Transport
resigned from the House of Commons to become a political commentator.
A nomination vote for the Liberal
candidate in Papineau
was held on April 29, 2007, which Trudeau handily won. Trudeau received 690 votes, while runners-up Mary Deros received 350 votes and Basilio Giordano received 220. 634 votes were needed to win the nomination.
With his nomination victory, Trudeau will enter the next election
MP Vivian Barbot
announced in April 2007 that Justin Trudeau would appear in the two-part miniseries, The Great War, portraying Talbot Mercer Papineau
(1883-1917). Papineau was killed in action in Ypres
and was among Canada's first Rhodes Scholars
. Coincidentally, Trudeau holds the Liberal nomination in the very riding named after Talbot Mercer Papineau's lineage: this includes his great-great-grandfather, seigneur Joseph Papineau
(1752-1841) and Talbot's great-grandfather, reformist
cbc.ca: Justin Trudeau's eulogy
Baby on the way for Justin Trudeau and wife
CTV.ca | Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie welcome new son
GlobeandMail.com: Trudeau says Quebec nationalism an ‘old idea'
ctv.ca: Delegates chat with Trudeau crown prince
ctv.ca: Justin Trudeau eyeing federal politics: report
ctv.ca: Quebec Liberal MP Jean Lapierre to resign
Trudeau wins Montreal riding
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