Thursday, September 27, 2012

Justin Trudeau Flexes His Family Charm

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

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.

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