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Leader Profile: Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau is serving as the 23rd prime minister of Canada since 2015 and leader of the Liberal Party since 2013.

Born in Ottawa, Trudeau attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, graduated from McGill University in 1994, and then the University of British Columbia in 1998.

He has a bachelor of arts degree in literature and a bachelor of education degree.

After graduating, he worked as a teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He has also held jobs including camp counsellor, nightclub bouncer, and snowboard instructor.

In the 2008 federal election, he was elected to represent the riding of Papineau in the House of Commons.

Trudeau won the leadership of the Liberal Party in April 2013 and led his party to victory in the 2015 federal election, moving the third-placed Liberals from 36 seats to 184 seats, the largest-ever numerical increase by a party in a federal election.

In the 2019 election, he won a minority government.

Trudeau first met Sophie Grégoire when they were both children growing up in Montreal; Grégoire was a classmate and childhood friend of Trudeau's youngest brother, Michel.

They reconnected as adults in June 2003, when Grégoire, by then a Quebec television personality, was assigned as Trudeau's co-host for a charity ball; they began dating several months later.

Trudeau and Grégoire became engaged in October 2004, and married on May 28, 2005, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Montreal's Sainte-Madeleine d'Outremont Church.

They have three children: Xavier James, Ella-Grace Margaret, and Hadrien Grégoire.

Over the coming days, we will highlight each party leader.


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