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Justin Pierre James Trudeau is a Canadian politician, the 23rd prime minister of Canada (2015– ), leader of the Liberal Party (2013– ), and son of four-term prime minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau.
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CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION
- Justin Trudeau is born on December 25, 1971 to Canadian celebrity Margaret Sinclair and 15th Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
- When he was six years old, his parents divorced, leaving him and his two younger brothers under their father’s custody.
- Trudeau lived at the official residence of Canada’s prime minister, from his birth until 1979, and returned in February 1980 after the election won by his father to the Prime Minister’s Office.
- Trudeau studied at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in his younger years, then earned a BA in English from McGill University (1994), and a bachelor of education degree from the University of British Columbia (1998).
- After graduation, he became a substitute teacher at local schools and worked permanently as a French and math teacher at the private West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver.
- He worked at a Montreal radio station and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and was a spokesman for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
- Justin also served as the chairman of the board of directors of Katimavik, the national youth volunteer organization established by his father in 1977.
- Trudeau is also known to have fought against the proposed $100-million zinc mine. He argued that the mine would poison the Nahanni River, a United Nations World Heritage Site located in the Northwest Territories.
- After delivering a eulogy at his father’s state funeral, Justin’s political run began. Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien invited him in the Liberal Party.
- Justin became involved with the Liberal Party and in 2008, he ran for and won the seat representing Papineau, an ethnically diverse community in Montreal, and entered parliament as a member of the Official Opposition.
- During his term, Trudeau was assigned as critic for youth, citizenship, and immigration. He encouraged Canada’s relief efforts to be increased after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, proposed for more accessible immigration procedures for Haitians moving to Canada.
- In 2011, he was re-elected and acted as party spokesman on youth and multiculturalism, citizenship and immigration, and amateur sports, among other areas.
- He furthered his career in the Liberal Party by running and eventually winning the leadership in 2013.
- Despite criticism and declarations that he was not ready to lead the nation, Trudeau spent the next two years preparing for the 2015 elections.
- On October 19, 2015, he led the Liberals to a decisive victory in the federal election.
- 23rd Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the rest of the Cabinet were sworn in on November 4, 2015.
- Trudeau declared his priority to lower taxes for middle-income Canadians and raise taxes for the top one percent of income earners.
- He also stated about rebuilding relations with Indigenous peoples in Canada, especially to improve mental health and combat suicide in indigenous communites.
- Further, Trudeau committed to protecting children and preventing organized crime from profiting from the sales of illegal marijuana, by legalizing it.
- In 2019, an independent group assessed the truthfulness of his election campaigns. They found Trudeau’s government kept 53.5% of its promises.
- Social policy: Advocacy for feminism, abortion rights, and introduced the right to medically-assisted dying.
- Increased number of immigrants and refugees and legalization of cannabis for recreational use in 2018.
- Environmental policy: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% before 2030, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
- Foreign policy: He condemned the ISIL genocide, assasination of Saudi jourmalist Jamal Khashoggi, and suspended the issuance of new arms export permits to Saudi Arabia.
- He also criticized US President Donald Trump’s issuance of an executive order banning refugees from seven countries from entering the United States.
- In February 2019, Trudeau faced a political crisis as allegations surfaced that his staff had improperly pressed Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was attorney general and justice minister, to halt the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a huge Quebec-based construction and engineering company.
- Charged with corruption, bribery, and fraud to win contracts from the Libyan government during the regime of Muammar al-Qaddafi, it faced prosecution.
- However, with the promulgation of deferred prosecution agreements (DPA), allowing corporations facing prosecution to enter into “remediation agreements” and forestalling prosecution by paying fines and taking steps to redress previous wrongdoing, SNC-Lavalin opted to negotiate a DPA which was declined by the prosecution.
- Threatened with the possibility of being banned from competing for government contracts, conviction would potentially affect thousands of jobs for Canadian workers.
- Several staff resigned from their posts to show their disappointment as Trudeau admitted “directly and indirectly” influencing the issue with the intention of preventing the loss of Canadian jobs.
- In the 2019 federal elections, and still facing a lot of criticism, the Liberal Party and Trudeau held on to power, albeit as a minority government.
- To further his policy objectives, Trudeau had to rely on support from other parties.
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