Dylan Robertson (Christian Science Monitor):
Born: Dec. 25, 1971, in Ottawa, to Pierre Elliott Trudeau, then Canadian prime minister, and Margaret Trudeau, who became the country’s most famous and glamorous first lady.
Prophecy: When Justin was only months old, US President Richard Nixon, attending a state dinner in Canada with Trudeau’s father, said: “I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada. To Justin Pierre Trudeau.”
Education: Attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, a Jesuit-run school; got a BA in literature from McGill University in 1994; and received an education degree from the University of British Columbia in 1998.
Wife: Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, a Canadian TV host and public speaker. The couple has three children.
Family adversity: His brother Michel died in an avalanche in 1998, and his father died in 2000. He received widespread attention for the eulogy he gave at his father’s funeral.
Early career: Taught (drama, French, English, social studies, and math) at West Point Grey Academy and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1999-2002. Became chairman of the board of Katimavik, a youth-service program created by his father, in 2002.
Political career: Headed a renewal task force for the Liberal Party in 2006 aimed at engaging young people. Won a Parliamentary seat representing a Montreal district in 2008. Took over as leader of the Liberal Party in 2013. Became prime minister in 2015.
Miscellaneous: Took an acting part in the 2007 TV miniseries “The Great War.” Defeated a conservative senator in a charity boxing match in 2012. Worked at various times as a whitewater rafting instructor, snowboarding instructor, and nightclub bouncer. Has a tattoo on his left arm of planet Earth, which was later surrounded by a raven based on a work by a noted Haida artist.