Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he first made the link between mental health issues and his own family’s struggles – including his parents’ public divorce – when he was in his 20s and looking at old pictures of his mother.
Trudeau, now 44, told CTV’s The Social on Wednesday that mental illness was taboo when he was growing up in the 1970s and there was no way to describe the difficulties facing his family.
“I was looking over old pictures of my mom and we sort of pointed out to her, ‘Oh, mom your hair was really short that day,’ or 'You look thin,’ and she was like 'Oh yeah, I was really fighting depression at that moment,’” Trudeau recalled.
“It was just totally out of the blue. I sort of look back and go, 'Oh, of course that makes sense,’ but there was no vocabulary for talking about that back then.”
Trudeau’s mother, Margaret, married his father, who was then serving his first term as prime minister, when she was 22 years old. He said their marriage crumbled, in part, because of the elder Trudeau’s frequent absences, which left Margaret Trudeau at home to care for her three children. Margaret Trudeau also struggled with depression and bipolar disorder.
April 6, 1968: Pierre Elliott Trudeau chosen as Liberal Party leader on fourth ballot, replacing Lester Pearson.
Canada is in desperate need of another Trudeau to lead our country. Failing that, I’ll gladly take zombie!Trudeau over any of the current party leaders. Sorry, Jack. I adore you, I’m just not confident in your abilities to be the leader of Canada.
A Trudeau family photo that bleeds patriotism. You can almost see the sugar from the Timbits smeared on the faces of the children and smell the Molson Canadian lingering on PE’s breath. I imagine Margaret smells like maple syrup or baked McIntosh apples.
“In 1977, on Margaret and Pierre Trudeau’s sixth wedding anniversary, the cracks in their marriage were showing. She famously flew off to a Rolling Stones concert at Toronto’s El Mocambo club, then hung out with the band at her hotel.” - CBC
The 60 minutes interview with Justin Trudeau aired this Sunday. They used this photo above, and misidentified Kim Cattrall as being Margaret Trudeau, saying that Justin Trudeau’s mother was the women pictured (i.e. Kim Cattrall). Pierre Elliot Trudeau also dated Kim Cattrall for a time.