On this day, in 1972, Pierre Trudeau was sworn-in as Prime Minister of Canada (the second of four terms) in Rideau Hall, Ottawa. A little less than 43 years, later, his first-born son, Justin Trudeau, was himself sworn-in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada in Rideau Hall.
In this picture, taken in 1973, Prime Minister Trudeau is carrying Justin to Rideau Hall. Little did he know then, that his son would walk, quite literally, in his footsteps.
“Society is made for man; if it serves him badly he is entitled to overthrow it” – Pierre Elliott Trudeau
No man played a more prominent role in modern Canadian political life than Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He was loved, he was hated, but most of all, he mattered. What can Canada expect from his son, newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
Image credits: "Pierre Trudeau (1975)” by Rob Mieremet / Anefo - Derived from Nationaal Archief. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; “Justin Trudeau” by Alex Guibord CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
For those of my followers not following Canadian politics, which I imagine is most of you, I feel it is my moral responsibility to deliver this news unto your metaphorical ears.
Two days ago, Justin Trudeau (current leader of the liberal party and son of famous Canadian statesman Pierre Elliott Trudeau) called Giles Duceppe (current leader of the federal Separatist party*) mon amour instead of mon ami.
I imagine that to those of you who do not speak French, this seems a fairly minor slip. The words don’t look that different. And indeed, I would be very surprised if they didn’t share a root. But while the second means ‘my friend’…
…the first means my love.
Duceppe made the following face:
And, in conclusion, I am about ready to die of laughter.
Canada just elected a new Prime Minister, as you may have heard.
But not only is Justin Trudeau aesthetically pleasing (is infamous hair is honestly beautiful, I’m not even going to lie), his platforms and the ones of the Liberal Party could bring real progressive change to Canada. After almost ten years of having a Conservative government lead by Stephen Harper, our country was turning into something I, and many fellow Canadians, did not like whatsoever.
Here are two websites that show you exactly why Canada needed to #StopHarper
whynotharper.cagives 25 things Harper and his government did wrong for our country, including opposing Canada’s Universal Healthcare System, shutting down and cutting funding for Women’s Rights/Minority Advocates groups, freezing foreign aid to impoverished countries in 2010, multiple cases of fraud and corruption still being investigated within his party, the scrapping of Kelowna First Nations protection act in 2006, among countless other things.
aptly named shd.ca (Shit Harper Did) is a fully-functioning anti-Harper Government website created in 2011, after he was re-elected with a majority government.
Prime Minister Trudeau is a name you may have heard before. Justin’s father, a political figure known and remembered throughout the world for his charisma, leadership, and overall effect on Canada, was Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979, and again from 1980-1984. Justin plans to lower taxes on the middle class to benefit working-class families, launch a national inquiry into the countless disappearances and murders of indigenous women, and increase funding for First-Nations education by almost $3 billion dollars over the next 4 years. He also has made clear his wish to right some of the Conservative governments wrongs when it comes to climate change, with plans to draw up an effective climate change policy for the upcoming UN climate change summit.
This is just a very, very brief summary of what has been happening and what has happened in Canadian politics tonight, and over the last three months of campaigning and over the last ten years. I am very hopeful for the future of my country, and how our newly formed Government will change the lives of our own citizens, and our part in the international community.