Justin Trudeau: Canada’s new prime minister
Said to be too young and inexperienced at the age of 43, Justin Trudeau seemed an unlikely candidate to take the Prime Minster role for 2015. Yet, he proved his critics wrong by hauling his Liberal Party out of its disastrous third position in previous polls.
While the road to his new position has been difficult, with the New Democrats and Conservative Parties giving him a real fight, Trudeau has proven that campaigning is essential in any election. This comes after his successful 78 day campaign which gave his Liberal Party a head start and a necessary boost. Trudeau told the Guardian in July that he relished it: “If there’s one thing that recent history in Canada has shown it’s that campaigns really matter. And there’s a tremendous volatility among voters who are just looking for the right alternative.”
Trudeau has brought many changes in legislation, but his focus on immigration laws and reuniting families has sent ripples of excitement across the world. While the previous party of Conservatives capped many of the visa programs and limited the eligible age groups because of the growing burden on the health-care system, Trudeau aims to extend the programs.
In addition, the waiting time for visa applications will be substantially decreased due to an increase in application process funding.
“We believe that family reunification is an important help and driver to the middle class,” Trudeau said.
The man behind the title
The family man who has three children with his wife, Sophie Grégoire, is also the son of the legendary Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. While he always seemed destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, Trudeau held various rather odd jobs in his youth including teaching, engineering, bungee-jumping coaching, environmental geography, charity boxing and acting, before ousting Bloc Québécois MP Vivian Barbot to become MP for Papineau in the 2008 general election.