Thursday, September 27, 2012
Justin Trudeau Flexes His Family Charm
by Pa Rock
I was surfing the Internet a couple of weeks ago while I was in Canada, when one of the sites that I frequent, The Huffington Post, recommended that I change to its Canadian edition. I followed that suggestion, feeling that the news from a Canadian perspective would help me acclimate to being north of the border. However, now that I am back in the United States, The Huffington Post seems hellbent on keeping me hooked to its Canadian edition. I have to change the settings manually in order to get the U.S. version – each and every time I visit the site.
One of the things that I am witnessing in the Canadian news is the political rise of Justin Trudeau, the eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his child-bride, Margaret. Justin, who was born on Christmas Day, 1971, while his father was Prime Minister, is forty-years-old, but based on his photographs and movie-star good looks, he could pass for twenty. The former high school teacher does have a background in film, having starred five years ago in a mini-series about World War I entitled The Great War.
Young Mr. Trudeau was elected to Canada’s Parliament (the House of Commons) in 2008 from Montreal as a member of the Liberal Party. He is active in environmental issues and world relief efforts. He is also seriously considering a bid to be the head of Canada’s Liberal Party, a move that could eventually lead him into becoming Prime Minister.
Pierre Trudeau, who served two stints as Prime Minister for a total of over fourteen years, was known as being personable and charismatic. It would appear that his oldest son has inherited the family charm and knows how to use it.