So if you have been paying any sort of attention to social media, Twitter, the News, cable TV, commercial attack campaigns, public lectures, newspapers, promotional signage on people’s front lawns for the last 78 days then you are probably aware that the race for the next Canadian Prime Minister has been going on. You know, the one with all the voting. Well, it ended last night with the Liberal Party coming away with the majority vote with the Conservatives and the New Democratic Party trailing behind.
What the heck does that mean?
We, the collective body of Canada, are getting a new Prime Minister. And doesn’t he look fantastic in a suit? I know right?!?!
So put your hands together for Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party and the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Yes, that Trudeau that you learned about in your history and civics classes. Remember Trudeaumania. He’s married, has three adorable children, was once a high school Drama Teacher (I give him serious props and respect for that, former drama teacher to former drama teacher), a camp councillor, actor, engineer, and model before jumping into his old man’s polished leather loafers and taking up the family mantle of politics. Now he’s the Prime Minister at 43 years of age and the first son of a Prime Minister to ever be elected as Prime Minister. Needless to say, history in the making here.
Did I mention the fun fact that Justin has an epic Pacific Northwest Haida style Raven tattoo on his arm and once boxed the ears off his Conservative opponent in a charity boxing match back in 2012? Let’s just say that here’s a Prime Minister who is not afraid to throw down the gloves for a good cause. What else does this man do on his spare time? Wrestle grizzlies? Race in the Iditarod? Dance for charity?
Also believe it or not Justin is not the youngest person ever to be elected Prime Minister. That honour goes to Joe Clark who was 39 when he stepped up in the House of Commons back in 1979. Justin is, however from this blogger’s point of view, the most put together Prime Minister Canada has ever seen. Google Canadian Prime Ministers to see what I mean. Thank goodness the professional comb-over is now a thing of the past.
So big things are happening over at Parliament Hill these days and it is only going to get more interesting as the ball gets rolling. So stay tuned, stay informed, and stay amazed folks!