Meet Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau is the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.

Justin’s vision of Canada is a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. His experiences as a teacher, father, leader, and advocate for youth have shaped his dedication to serving Canadians – and his commitment to make Canada a place where everyone has the opportunities they need to thrive.

Early Life

The oldest of three boys, Justin was raised speaking both French and English, growing up with the profound influence of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and his mother, Margaret Trudeau. This background helped spark his passion for public service and shaped his conviction that diversity is Canada’s strength.

Justin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from McGill University in 1994. He went on to complete the University of British Columbia’s education program, and spent several years teaching French, math, and other subjects in Vancouver.

Before Politics

Before entering politics, Justin served as the Chair of Katimavik, on the board for the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, and as an advocate for young people and the environment, speaking at events and conferences around the country. These experiences made it increasingly clear to him that the issues young Canadians care about – education, the environment, their generation's economic prospects – needed a stronger voice.

Justin entered politics to make change that would better serve all Canadians. In 2007, he built a community-based, grassroots campaign to win the Liberal Party nomination in the Montréal riding of Papineau. He was elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Liberal Leadership

Justin was elected Leader of the Liberal Party in April 2013. His leadership campaign focused on building a new, truly national movement of progressive Canadians, bringing hundreds of thousands of Canadians into politics, most for the first time. He worked closely with his team to build a plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and strengthen the middle class. With Justin’s leadership, the Liberal plan emphasized economic opportunity for everyone, respect for and promotion of equality and diversity, and strong action to address climate change and the environment.

Prime Minister

Justin led his party to a historic victory, winning a majority government with seats in every province and territory across the country. He was sworn in on November 4, 2015.

As Prime Minister, Justin works hard every day to build an economy that works for the middle class and people working hard to join it. One of the Liberal government’s first actions was to cut taxes for the middle class, while asking the wealthiest Canadians to pay a bit more.

Under Justin’s leadership, the Liberal government strengthened the Canada Pension Plan to make sure seniors have the support they deserve, and introduced the Canada Child Benefit, putting more money in the pockets of nine out of ten families. He chose to invest in people instead of cutting their services.

Canadians have seen the results: more than a million new jobs created since 2015, unemployment at its lowest since the 1970s, and nearly a million people lifted out of poverty – including 300,000 children.

Justin’s team has also taken ambitious steps to fight the climate crisis and protect the environment, from making historic investments in conservation, to creating a national Oceans Protection Plan, to putting a price on the pollution that causes climate change.

Today, Justin continues to fight for workers, families, and the middle class – and make sure all Canadians can share in a more prosperous future. In a rapidly changing world, where rising populism and growing inequality threaten to take us backward, Justin is determined to keep Canada moving forward.

Justin is married to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. They are the proud parents of Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien.

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