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THE TRUDEAUS

JUSTIN AND SOPHIE: THE FAMILY ALBUM

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau watches the Oct. 19, 2015, results at a Montreal hotel with his mother Margaret (left), wife Sophie Grégoire, daughter Ella-Grace and sons Hadrien and Xavier.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau watches the Oct. 19, 2015, results at a Montreal hotel with his mother Margaret (left), wife Sophie Grégoire, daughter Ella-Grace and sons Hadrien and Xavier.

PAUL CHIASSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS

He was raised at 24 Sussex Dr., the son of a rock-star prime minister. She’s had a varied career as a journalist, activist and yoga instructor. Now they’re Canada’s top political power couple. We’ve prepared a tour through The Globe’s archives to help you learn more about them

HIS FATHER’S SON

Justin Trudeau was born in Ottawa on Christmas Day in 1971, three years after “Trudeaumania” vaulted his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, into a majority Liberal government. In 2000, when he delivered the eulogy at his father’s funeral, Justin remembered one memorable trip to Canadian Forces Station Alert in the Arctic, where he was taken on a secret mission to see “Santa Claus” hard at work making toys in his workshop.

Prime minister Pierre Trudeau cradles a young Justin under his arm in Ottawa on Aug. 10, 1973.

Prime minister Pierre Trudeau cradles a young Justin under his arm in Ottawa on Aug. 10, 1973.

PETER BREGG/THE CANADIAN PRESS

We need genuine and deep respect for each and every human being, notwithstanding their thoughts, their values, their beliefs, their origins. That’s what my father demanded of his sons, and that’s what he demanded of his country. … Je t’aime, Papa.

Justin Trudeau, in his eulogy at his father’s funeral on Oct. 3, 2000




TRUDEAU THE TEACHER

Before entering politics, Justin Trudeau – who worked as a teacher and a board member of the Katimavik youth program founded by his father’s government – had a long career working with youth, including the summers he spent as a counsellor at Camp Ahmek in Ontario’s Algonquin Park. In 2013, after the Conservatives ran attack ads insinuating Mr. Trudeau’s camp-counselling and school-teaching days made him too soft to lead the Liberals, Joanne Kates – director of Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park, Ont. – offered this defence of why rounding up children made him even more qualified for leadership. (After his electoral victory in 2015, Ms. Kates followed up with an open letter to the prime-minister-designate with advice on putting his old camp-counselling skills to use.)

Justin Trudeau, 18, prepares a sailboat with fellow counsellor Marie Clement at Algonquin Park’s Camp Ahmek in 1992.

Justin Trudeau, 18, prepares a sailboat with fellow counsellor Marie Clement at Algonquin Park’s Camp Ahmek in 1992.

BRIAN MILNE

Camp counsellors learn to maintain their positive energy 24/7. Working long hours with scarce resources, little time off and incessant demands on one’s attention is hard – for camp counsellors and for prime ministers. In challenging times, we need to see optimism in those at the front of the pack, or we won’t want to follow the leader.

Joanne Kates




WHEN JUSTIN MET SOPHIE

As a young girl, Sophie Grégoire came to know the Trudeau family as a classmate of Justin Trudeau’s younger brother, Michel, who died in an avalanche on a skiing trip in British Columbia in 1998. She got to know Justin better after the two met at a Montreal Grand Prix charity ball in 2003, and they were married two years later. They now have three children: Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace, 6, and 20-month-old Hadrien.

In 2013, during the Liberal leadership campaign, The Globe’s John Allemang got to know Ms. Grégoire and observed how she brought “free-floating candour” instead of risk-averse caution to the role of political wife.

Justin Trudeau leaves with his new bride, Sophie Grégoire, in his father’s 1959 Mercedes 300 SEL after their marriage ceremony in Montreal on May 28, 2005.

Justin Trudeau leaves with his new bride, Sophie Grégoire, in his father’s 1959 Mercedes 300 SEL after their marriage ceremony in Montreal on May 28, 2005.

RYAN REMIORZ/THE CANADIAN PRESS

He tends to be more reclusive when faced with stress, while I tend to expand and talk it out. We’ve been very aware of our dynamics as a couple and we’ve worked that out – nothing comes easy.

Sophie Grégoire in a 2013 interview




TRUDEAU IN THE RING

In 2008, Mr. Trudeau made a big move into federal politics by winning the Montreal riding of Papineau for the Liberals. With the Liberals in opposition, Mr. Trudeau took on portfolios ranging from youth issues to multiculturalism and citizenship. In 2012, he entered a different political arena – fighting Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match, which he won.

Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau fight during their charity boxing match in Ottawa on March 31, 2012.

Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau fight during their charity boxing match in Ottawa on March 31, 2012.

CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS

I had a game plan that I was going to stick to, I knew that he was going to come in heavy and hard right off the bat. But I also knew that I was going to be able to take anything he threw at me and when he did, he emptied himself out.

Justin Trudeau, in a March, 2012, interview on the boxing match




TRUDEAU ON THE RISE

In 2011, the Liberals suffered a severe blow in a federal election that left them in third-party status. Michael Ignatieff’s resignation triggered a new leadership struggle, and Mr. Trudeau decided to put his name forward. He won the 2013 leadership race in a crushing victory – about 80 per cent of the votes – and pledged to rebuild the party.

Justin Trudeau arrives inside the Liberal leadership campaign event hall on April 14, 2013.

Justin Trudeau arrives inside the Liberal leadership campaign event hall on April 14, 2013.

PETER POWER/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

I don’t care if you thought my father was great or arrogant. It doesn’t matter to me whether you were a Chrétien Liberal or a Martin Liberal … The era of hyphenated Liberals ends right here, right now, tonight.

Justin Trudeau in an April, 2013, speech on his leadership victory




TRUDEAU ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The 2015 election – Canada’s longest-ever, at 78 days – was a hard slog for the Trudeau team, in which he ran on an ambitious program of social programs and deficit spending and fought Conservative accusations that he was “just not ready.” The Globe’s Ian Brown took an in-depth look at Mr. Trudeau on the campaign trail (link available for subscribers only).

Justin Trudeau prepares a speech in Edmonton on June 4, 2015, with Amarjeet Sohi.

Justin Trudeau prepares a speech in Edmonton on June 4, 2015, with Amarjeet Sohi.

JOHN LEHMANN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

He wants to be genuine, whatever that entails, and wishes being genuine were not a political liability. It is not so much a political philosophy as a political psychology for a new age.

Ian Brown




TRUDEAU VICTORIOUS

The Liberals’ majority victory on Oct. 19 was the biggest increase for a party between elections in Canadian history – a stunning reversal for a party that had only 34 seats when Mr. Trudeau took over the leadership. Here’s The Globe’s roundup of complete coverage from the morning after.

Justin Trudeau waves to supporters on election night in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2015.

Justin Trudeau waves to supporters on election night in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2015.

KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/BLOOMBERG

My friends, we beat fear with hope. We beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together. … my friends, this is Canada, and in Canada better is always possible.

Justin Trudeau’s victory speech on Oct. 19, 2015

Highlights from Justin Trudeau’s acceptance speech: ‘I didn’t make history tonight. You did’

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A TRUDEAU BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books on Pierre Trudeau’s political career and family are in ample supply: The classics include Trudeau père’s 1993 Memoirs and Richard Gwyn’s The Northern Magus (1980).

During the 2015 election, The Globe prepared an e-book about Mr. Trudeau (as well as his two main opponents, Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair): All are available to registered globeandmail.com users here.

Here are some other Trudeau-related books that The Globe has reviewed in recent years.

Autobiographies:

History:

Canadians vote in a second Trudeau: A look back at the first ‘Trudeaumania’

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