Justin Pierre James Trudeau (born 25 December 1971) is a Canadian politician who has served as the 23rd prime minister of Canada since 2015 and has been the leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. Trudeau is the second-youngest Canadian prime minister after Joe Clark; he is also the first to be related to a previous holder of the post, as the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau.
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- Well, I thought it was, like, a fairy tale ... I think she is very beautiful, and I am glad Prince Charles has picked her.
- I thought it was great. The best one. Better than The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars.
- Everyone's got peer pressure at this age. I mean there's pressure to smoke, there's pressure to do all sorts of stuff. And, um, I've never been affected by peer pressure. Never.
- 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. He demanded this out of a sense of love. Love of his sons. Love of his country, and that's why we love him so.
- For me, to represent people who represent the future of Canada and the great challenges we will face over the coming decades — this is where I wanted to start. … I'm a teacher; I'm a convenor; I'm a gatherer; I'm someone who reaches out to people and is deeply interested in what they have to say. And people see that I'm not faking it. I'm actually genuinely committed to this dialogue that we're opening up, and this understanding that needs to happen in order to be an effective MP.
- On winning his riding nomination in Quebec, as quoted in "Trudeau wins Montreal riding nomination" in CBC News (April 30, 2007)
- Honour killings shouldn't be called "barbaric"
- As quoted by the Toronto Sun  (March 14, 2011)
- In response to a new citizenship guide for new immigrants that said “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” 
- You're not going to hotbox my office, no way!
- Responding to comedian Mark Critch pulling out a (prop?) marijuana joint in Justin Trudeau's office in 2013. 
- You know, there's a level of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest...we need to start investing in solar.’ I mean there is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted that I find quite interesting. But if I were to reach out and say which...which kind of administration I most admire, I think there's something to be said right here in Canada for the way our territories are run. Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon are done without political parties around consensus. And are much more like a municipal government. And I think there's a lot to be said for people pulling together to try and solve issues rather than to score points off of each other. And I think we need a little more of that. But Sun News can now report that I prefer China.
- Trudeau's controversial statement in full on what he termed China's "basic dictatorship" (8 November 2013), where he elaborated further that what piqued his interest in the country was their ability to accelerate drastic changes to their economy, such as environmental "green shifts"; that he was concerned Stephen Harper aspired to model Canada's government upon China's centralized autocracy; that his actual favourite governing model is the "consensus" style of government used in the Canadian territories and municipalities; and that he expected media reports to take his words out of context. Though he was also criticized for incorrectly listing the Yukon as a government without political parties, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories do operate under a nonpartisan consensus-seeking system.
- I pointed out that globally Canada is up against big countries (China, for one) that can address some major issues quickly. It’s ridiculous for anyone to suggest that I of all people would trade our rights and freedoms for any other system of [government]. Some countries play by rules we wouldn’t and shouldn’t ever accept, but, we still have to compete with them. We need to get better at coming together to address big issues, and that’s what I asked people to think about last night.
- On Twitter, Trudeau clarifies the intent behind his controversial remarks regarding the Chinese government (8 November 2013)
- the commitment needs to be a commitment to grow the economy and the budget will balance itself
- a week before February 18, 2014 per Aaron Wherry of Macleans
- We have to realize that the way of thinking that got us to this place no longer holds. We have to rethink elements as basic as space and time, to go all science fictiony [sic] on you in this sense.
- Speaking to university students in September 2014.
- Tomorrow, millions of people will gather with loved ones across Canada and around the world to mark the Christmas holiday.
On this day, Christians reflect on their faith and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This occasion inspires families and communities to come together, share what they have, and give back to those less fortunate.
May we take this time to reflect on our many blessings, and remind our loved ones how much they mean to us.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our entire Liberal Caucus, Sophie and I wish you all a most joyous holiday season. From my family to yours: merry Christmas.
- Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Christmas (December 24, 2014)
- I would agree that encyclopedias could teach me facts, but only a great story could transport me into the mind of another person. These stories taught me about empathy, about good and evil, about love and sorrow. My tastes covered many different genres, but the books I loved most proposed the idea that ordinary people (not to mention hobbits) are born with the capability to do extraordinary, even heroic things. The realization came as a sort of code to all the lessons my parents had taught me about looking beyond wealth and appearances, and appreciating the worth of everyone I met. ... It’s a lesson that sticks with me to this day. No real leader can see the people around them as static creatures. If you cannot see the potential in the people around you, it’s impossible to rouse them to great things. That may be one of the reasons why, even now, I always make time for a novel or two every month, amongst the mountains of serious works and briefing notes. Facts may fuel a leader’s intellect. But literature fuels the soul.
- Trudeau on how his fondness for literature influenced his leadership style, in his memoir Common Ground
- To me, pluralism means diversity, and diversity is at the very heart of Canada. It is who we are and what we do. We do it better than anyone else on Earth. So well, in fact, that we often take it for granted. So let’s remind ourselves: Canada is the only country in the world that is strong, not in spite of our differences, but because of them.
- The Liberal Party believes that terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship ... because I do, And I'm willing to take on anyone who disagrees with that.
- (July 4, 2015) as reported by CTV News September 27, 2015
- I want to lead Canada. All of Canada, not just parts of Canada. ... I am not going to write off certain parts of the country just because we had a tough past 10 years. Or, tough past 100 years.
- Yes, yes. I am a feminist. Proud to be a feminist. My mom raised me to be a feminist. My father raised me, he was a different generation, but he raised me to respect and defend everyone's rights, and I deeply grounded my own identity in that, and I am proud to say that I am a feminist. The things we see online, whether it is issues like Gamergate, or video games misogyny in popular culture, it is something that we need to stand clearly against.
- Trudeau condemns misogynistic Internet culture in a television interview in which he is asked about issues concerning women's rights and gender equality, September 21, 2015
- A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian
- In response to Harper in the Munk Debate (September 28, 2015) 
- We believe in our hearts that this country’s unique diversity is a blessing bestowed upon us by previous generations of Canadians, Canadians who stared down prejudice and fought discrimination in all its forms. We know that our enviable, inclusive society didn’t happen by accident and won’t continue without effort. ... Have faith in your fellow citizens, my friends. They are kind and generous. They are openminded and optimistic. And they know in their heart of hearts that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.
- Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways. This is what positive politics can do.
- October 20, 2015 (quoting Sir Wilfrid Laurier), reported in Joe O'Connor, 'Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways': Lessons of Wilfrid Laurier not lost on Trudeau, 120 years later, National Post (October 21, 2015).
- Because it's 2015.
- When asked by a reporter on his first day as Prime Minister why he appointed a Cabinet with an equal number of male and female ministers (November 4, 2015); see Trudeau’s 'Because it's 2015' retort draws international attention, Canadian Press (November 5, 2015)
- ISIL would like us to see them as a credible threat to our way of life, our civilization.
We know Canada is stronger, much stronger, than the threat posed by a gang of murderous thugs who are terrorizing some of the most vulnerable people on earth.
Call us old-fashioned, but we think that we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do.
They want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in hatred, to eye one another with suspicion and to take leave of our faculties.
The lethal enemy of barbarism isn't hatred.
It is reason.
And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance.
They need our help.
- The North American idea that diversity is strength, is our great gift to the world. No matter where you are from, or the faith you profess, nor the colour of your skin, nor whom you love, you belong here. This is home.
- We should be past tolerance in Canada
In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities
Tolerating someone means accepting their right to exist on the condition that they don’t disturb us too, too much.
- I think that everybody should be in the business of improving opportunities for women and girls. We need women and girls to succeed because that’s how we build stronger, more resilient communities. It’s how we grow a stronger economy. Encouraging the full participation of women and girls in public life and in the business world leads to better decision making all around. ... It’s not just about women’s issues, it’s about everyone’s issues. We know that if kids grow up in an equal world, it is a better world — more open, more prosperous, and more peaceful.
- Statement marking the second anniversary of the United Nations "HeForShe" gender equality movement. As quoted in TIME Magazine (23 September 2016)
- I’ve said many times that there isn’t a country in the world that would find billions of barrels of oil and leave it in the ground while there is a market for it.
- Speaking about the Trans Mountain Pipeline, as quoted by The Guardian, Canada approves controversial Kinder Morgan oil pipeline (30 November 2016).
- To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
- It's an old idea from the 19th century. It is something that is not relevant to the vibrant, extraordinary, culture that is Quebec as Quebec is an amazing part of Canada. Nationalism is based on a smallness of thought that closes in, that builds up barriers between people, and has nothing to do with the Canada we should be building. It stands against everything my father ever believed.
- Every time there was a big transformation, whether it was the Industrial Revolution and the steam engine, there was this worry that there were going to be no more jobs. ... But I think at the same time, looking at a delay that might have happened 100 years ago or 200 years ago is different from understanding that the pace of change is so rapid that if we start, and we tool up our workforce to be more flexible, more open, more skilled in seeing where the opportunities are, we’re going to be better positioned than anyone else in the world. I’m not saying there’s not going to be disruption. [But] we’re doing well because we are back investing in the kinds of things that are making a difference in people’s lives.
- Trudeau on Canada's readiness for automation of the labour force, Bloomberg Businessweek interview, April 26, 2017
- Canada is an opening and welcoming society, but let me be clear. We are also a country of laws.
- Remarks after a meeting in Montreal with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, as reported in "'A Country of Laws': Canada's Trudeau Sounds Alarm About Illegal Immigrants", Fox News Insider (21 August 2017)
- Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys—and it’s on all of us to make that a reality. Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien—when he’s a little older—to understand that deeply. But I want, too, to help them grow into empathetic young people and adults, strong allies who walk through the world with openness, love, and a fierce attachment to justice. I want my sons to escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them. I want them to be comfortable being themselves, and being feminists—who stand up for what’s right, and who can look themselves in the eye with pride.
- Trudeau on raising feminist sons and the role of boys and men in addressing gender equality, in an essay for Marie Claire (11 October 2017).
- My heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion. I can’t imagine how afraid she must have been,
I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is, that is not who Canadians are… We are better than this.
- Statement on reported attacks on a girl wearing a hijab, as quoted in "Until it was found to be a hoax, Toronto girl's hijab made news, not the attack on her", by Joseph Brean, National Post (15 January 2018)
- The Trans Mountain expansion is a vital strategic interest to Canada − it will be built.
- Our celebration of difference needs to extend to differences of values and belief, too. Diversity includes political and cultural diversity. It includes a diversity of perspectives and approaches to solving problems. See, it’s far too easy, with social media shaping our interactions, to engage only with people with whom we already agree — members of our tribe. Well, this world is and must be bigger than that. ... To let yourself be vulnerable to another point of view — that’s what takes true courage. To open yourself to another’s convictions, and risk being convinced, a little, or a lot, of the validity of their perspective.
- We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind. It’s more inclusive.
- 'Peoplekind': Trudeau corrects woman for saying mankind (7 August 2018)
- Mr. Speaker, over the years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of terrorist attacks targeting Muslims all around the world. So, families flee to democracies like Canada, and the United States, and our allies, praying that their new homes will give them safety. Hoping that their kids will know a place where they are not targeted because of faith. ... And yet, while the majority of our citizens welcome these newcomers with open arms, small, toxic segments peddle the belief that greater diversity is a weakness. The irony is that these fringe groups say they despise Daesh, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and others. But they spew hatred, and incite violence, and murder the innocent just the same. They are no better than those they claim to hate.
- Statement in the House of Commons on the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand (18 March 2019)
- We look forward to working alongside internet companies, but indeed, if they do not choose to act, we will be forced to continue to act in ways that protect Canadians and we will have more to say about the kinds of tools we will be using in the coming weeks and months
- The platforms are failing their users. And they’re failing our citizens
They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation. And if they don’t, we will hold them to account, and there will be meaningful financial consequences.
- One of my favourite prime ministers, Wilfrid Laurier, often talked about patriotism and the unifying power of common goals and aspirations. And I’ve thought about that a lot since getting into politics. In my conversations with Canadians right across the country, I’ve seen firsthand that there is so much more that unites us than divides us. Canadians expect us all to focus on our shared vision of a stronger Canada, and I intend to work hard to make that a reality. ... We all want safer communities, a cleaner planet, and a good quality of life. We want this for ourselves, for our neighbours and for our kids and grandkids. We seek hardship for none and prosperity for all. That is the world we’re working toward. And if we unite around these common goals, I know we can achieve them.
- Canadians deserve more than "thoughts and prayers."
- Statement announcing the immediate ban of more than 1,500 models and variants of military-grade assault-style firearms in the wake of the 2020 attacks in Nova Scotia, the deadliest mass shooting spree in Canadian history (1 May 2020); the phrase "thoughts and prayers" has received criticism as an empty or disingenuous gesture of condolences in the aftermath of such preventable incidents as mass shootings (particularly in the United States), in lieu of concrete actions or proposals to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of these incidents occurring again.
- No one, least of all those who have worn the maple leaf, should be without the care they need.
- Remarks announcing the launch of the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans at the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences (14 May 2020)
- I'm not perfect. But not being perfect is not a free pass to not do the right thing.
- Speech in the House of Commons responding to international protests condemning discrimination and police brutality against African Americans (2 June 2020); Trudeau's remarks were also presented in the context of revelations made during the 2019 federal election that he had engaged in blackface performance in his youth.
- Anti-Black racism exists in Canada and we must do all that we can to end it for good. So as leaders and as allies, we must listen to, learn from, and work with every person who marches and posts and expects more than the status quo.
- Statement on Twitter addressing structural racism in Canada, amid heightened racial tensions in the United States. (2 June 2020)
- We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States. ... It is a time to pull people together. But it is a time to listen. It is a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades. But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day.
- In response to a question by CBC reporter Tom Parry at a press conference, regarding his hesitancy to directly confront President Donald Trump over the use of tear gas and threats of military action against protesters calling for an end to racial inequality and police brutality in the United States (2 June 2020); prior to his response, Trudeau paused in thought for approximately twenty seconds, an initial reaction that was widely analyzed and commented upon by media outlets in Canada, the U.S., and elsewhere in the world.
- If countries around the world, including China, realize that by arbitrarily arresting Canadians, they can get what they want out of Canada politically, that would make an awful lot more Canadians who travel around the world vulnerable to that kind of pressure.
- In response to reporters' questions as to whether he would approve of a "prisoner exchange" in the extradition case of Huawei heiress Meng Wanzhou in order to facilitate the release of two detained Canadian diplomats, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, charged with espionage by the Chinese government (25 June 2020); the previous day, 24 June 2020, 19 prominent Canadian officials, including former parliamentarians and senior diplomats, had signed a letter to Trudeau calling for the government to release Meng, a call that Trudeau rejected on grounds it would legitimize the concept of "hostage diplomacy" and undermine the international rule of law.
- John Lewis was a fearless advocate for what he knew to be true, and he never stopped fighting for equality and justice. My thoughts are with his family and friends - and all who have been inspired by his work, words, lifetime of service and action, and the good trouble he caused.
- Nelson Mandela was a voice for justice and a symbol for freedom - and his legacy reminds us that we all share a responsibility to continue building a just, sustainable, and equitable world for all. On this #MandelaDay and every day, let’s keep working together to make an impact.
- A quiet force, a strong mother, and a devoted partner, Aline Chrétien faithfully served Quebecers and all Canadians alongside her husband, Jean. She was authentic, tenacious, and championed multiculturalism and bilingualism - and she helped bring our country closer together. Never afraid to stand up for those she loved, Aline taught us to persevere even when things get tough. Sophie and I are sending our heartfelt condolences to Jean, their entire family, and all Canadians who are mourning her passing.
- A profound and fearless advocate for women, equality, and justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impact will undoubtedly be felt for generations. My thoughts are with her family, colleagues, and all who were inspired by her lifetime of service.
- John Turner was one of a kind. An honourable gentleman and an upstanding Canadian, John cared deeply about democracy, equality, and those he served. His optimistic outlook, energetic approach, and tireless service inspired many - and our country is a better place for it. Today, we learned with great sadness that John has passed away. Sophie and I are sending our deepest condolences to his family and friends, and to all Canadians who are mourning this loss. We will never forget all that he contributed to our country.
- [government is] going to be prepared for various eventualities.
- Canada prepping for 'various eventualities' of U.S. election: PM Trudeau posted October 8, 2020
- John Candy would’ve been 70 today. And though he’s been gone for 26 years now, he’s still making us laugh - I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." So today, pull up your favourite John Candy movie - if you can choose one - and have a good laugh. We could all use it. And to his children, Chris Candy and Jen Candy, thanks for always sharing your dad with us. He’s a real Canadian treasure.
- Congratulations, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.
- Statement on Twitter in response to the official announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won the momentous and hotly-contested 2020 United States presidential election, defeating Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence at the top of the ticket (7 Nov 2020); Trudeau was the first world leader to send a message of congratulations to the Democratic candidates, as commentators and observers anticipated a reset of relations between the neighbouring countries that had deteriorated in large part due to an intense personal rivalry between Trump and Trudeau.
- We have lost an icon. Almost every night for more than three decades, Alex Trebek entertained and educated millions around the world, instilling in so many of us a love for trivia. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.
Covid-19 pandemic in Canada
- See also: COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
- Mr. Speaker, as I stand here today, I think of the young men who died taking Vimy Ridge. I think of the Greatest Generation who grew up during the Depression and fought through WWII. They showed us how to fight for what we believe in and how to sacrifice for what we hold dear. Today, across this country, the last members of this Greatest Generation live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. They’re in their small apartments and the homes they built so long ago with their own hands. They are the ones most threatened by this disease. They fought for us all those years ago. And today we fight for them. We will show ourselves to be worthy of this magnificent country they built. And for them and for their grandchildren, we will endure. We will persevere. And we will prevail.
- Statement in the House of Commons on the challenges facing Canadians related to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis and economic recovery (11 April 2020); the address, regarding the delivery of a massive Covid-19 related economic aid package in Parliament, also coincided with the commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and several reports of Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes throughout Canada, particularly in Ontario and Quebec.
- Vandalizing cellphone towers does nothing but threaten emergency services and impact the daily lives of Canadians across the country.
- Statement on Twitter condemning acts of vandalism against communications infrastructure by conspiracy theorists during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis (6 May 2020)
- If you're risking your health to keep this country moving and you're making minimum wage, you deserve a raise.
- Statement announcing a pay hike agreement for essential workers across the provinces during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis (7 May 2020)
- Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, kids. It’s a special day for all the people who are mothers to us: our moms, stepmoms, grandmothers and older sisters. So let’s show them how much we love and care about them. You might want to get up early to make her breakfast or ask Dad to help you get her some flowers. Or, if you’re not together this year because of the virus or other reasons, you can draw her a card, or set up a video call. Whatever you do, I’m sure it will make her day and express how much you love her, how much you need her and how much she has your full support and love during this difficult time. And, all the time as well.
- A Mother's Day message to Canadian children during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis (9 May 2020)
- Your voice, your talents, and your passion are needed now more than ever. Enjoy this moment - and all the best to you and your fellow graduates in the years to come. This is only the beginning of an incredible journey, I’m sure.
- Statement on Twitter congratulating University of Toronto Class of 2020 medical student Chika Stacy Oriuwa, for being the first black woman valedictorian to graduate the university's medical school (2 June 2020); Trudeau's message, and Oriuwa's milestone achievement, came at a watershed moment for visible minorities in Canada: a wave of international protests against anti-Black discrimination and racial inequality in the wake of a police brutality incident in the United States, simultaneously occurring amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis disproportionately affecting the health and well-being of communities of colour.
- You understand not just the value, but the power, of community better than most. And that's why I trust you will be the 21st century's greatest generation. You know what is wrong with the world and how to fix it. Your job is not only to challenge people like me, but to bring us along.
- Commencement address to the class of 2020 at Carleton University, which was broadcast nationally for all graduates commemorating their achievements remotely due to social distancing measures imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis (10 June 2020); Trudeau used the speech to draw parallels between the politically-engaged "Generation Z," coming of age during massive social upheaval and global paradigm shifts in the 21st century, and the "Greatest Generation" who had witnessed and endured major changes in society as a result of the Great Depression and World War II. (Video)
- This is not the first time our country has been called to stand united and strong. In the face of change, our Greatest Generation showed us that overcoming crisis isn’t easy. They didn’t give up. And neither can we.
- In a televised address to the country following the Speech from the Throne that opened the second session of the 43rd Parliament, Trudeau once more invokes the legacy of the "Greatest Generation" who mounted a collective response to World War II, to encourage Canadians to come together as a nation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic crisis (23 Sept 2020) (Transcript) (Video)
- We are in an unprecedented global pandemic that really sucks. ... This sucks, it really, really does. But we're going to get through it by doing what Canadians always do: by pulling together, by working hard, and by knowing that better days are coming.
- Off-the-cuff remarks at a press conference to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in response to a reporter's question about "COVID fatigue" impacting the public (27 Oct 2020); Trudeau also mentioned that his six-year-old son Hadrien had asked him if the pandemic would last forever, and that as a father, he lamented that his children and other Canadian children were not able to experience milestones or enjoy activities in the classroom.
- Be a superhero this Halloween, not a super-spreader. Wear your mask, keep your distance, and follow your local public health rules. And whatever you get up to tonight, stay safe. Happy Halloween, everyone!
- Statement on Twitter encouraging Canadians to follow public health protocols and modify their celebrations due to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic (31 Oct 2020)
- Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld - and it will be.
- Statement on Twitter condemning violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters, attempting to sabotage the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College during the 2020 U.S. presidential election (6 Jan 2021); four people were killed in the attacks that saw hundreds of Trump supporters, some of them armed, force their way into the Capitol rotunda in what observers described as an "insurrection" and attempted "coup" fomented by Trump's increasingly hostile rhetoric. In Canada, commentators drew comparisons to the 2014 Parliament Hill shootings and were quick to point out that the country was not immune to "Trumpism" and the events unfolding in the U.S. could happen there too, as far-right extremism was on the rise globally, polling showed strong support for Trump among mainstream Conservatives, and it had only been mere months since a heavily-armed conspiracy theorist with ties to the QAnon movement had forced his way onto the grounds of the prime minister's residence with intent to assassinate Trudeau.
- What we witnessed was an assault on democracy by violent rioters, incited by the current president and other politicians. As shocking, deeply disturbing, and frankly saddening as that event remains, we have also seen this week that democracy is resilient in America, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence has no place in our societies, and extremists will not succeed in overruling the will of the people.
- Further statements in regards to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by radicalized supporters of Donald Trump, made during a COVID-19 press conference outside Rideau Cottage (8 Jan 2021); observers and news reports described it as "perhaps his harshest-ever attack on the U.S. president," noting that it was the first time Trudeau named Trump specifically as a factor in public remarks condemning politically-motivated violence in the United States.
- We know that, even as we watch with extreme concern everything unfolding in the United States over these past few days ... we are not immune to that in Canada. ... We have a responsibility as Canadians to continue to lead with respect, to engage substantially with different points of view and to never resort to violence as a way of impacting public discourse. That is something that Canadians have recommitted to across the country over these past days and we will continue to be extremely vigilant to remember that the choices we make as leaders, as politicians, have consequences.
- At that same press conference, Trudeau also reminded Canadians that their own country was not immune to the risk of political violence and polarization, and cautioned his colleagues and adversaries in public life not to stoke the fires of extremism and spread disinformation for political advantage (8 Jan 2021); though he did not mention any specific party or ideology, it was speculated that his remarks were directed primarily at the Conservatives, who had faced growing criticism over suspected ties to alt-right organisations and an embrace of incendiary rhetoric, disinformation, and conspiracy theories, demands to fully denounce the growth of "Trumpism" as a force within their party, and calls to support a crackdown on far-right extremism populating their ranks. Some commentators and social media users had also been critical of Canadian mainstream media outlets' perceived unwillingness to raise widespread awareness of the growing risk of far-right radicalization in Canada and the increasingly rightward shift of the mainstream Conservatives, drawing additional concern over the possibility of alt-right personalities and ideologies being normalized in mainstream media outlets themselves.
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- [T]he only PM in my lifetime who I saw drawing as much hate as Justin Trudeau was the first person I ever voted for in a federal election. The MP in my home riding (Mount Royal) was a man called Pierre Trudeau.
- Radio broadcaster Charles Adler, on Twitter, comparing the wave of heightened vitriol and violent rhetoric in Canada aimed at Trudeau to that targeting his father, after an armed intruder radicalized by far-right conspiracy theories rammed the gates of Trudeau's residence at Rideau Hall with his truck, intending to assassinate him; Trudeau was not home at the time, and the man was eventually served with 22 charges, including uttering threats against the prime minister (8 July 2020)
- There will be a few names globally that will become etched in our history books. They will be the names that mark the shift in our political landscape, when younger politicians took the reins and heralded a different type of politics. Justin Trudeau will be one of them. Youth alone is not remarkable, but winning over people with a message of hope and warmth, tolerance and inclusion, when other politicians the world over choose an easier route — that is remarkable.
- No major US ally has been spared from the president's indignities. In private, he pillories partner nations and their leaders and is not shy about doing the same in the open, as in the case of his comment about the Canadian prime minister being "very dishonest & weak," only hours after being hosted by the northern neighbor. He's done the same with France, mocking President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter for his low approval ratings and high unemployment, and with Germany, criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration for failing to reduce crime and accusing its leaders of being freeloaders that take advantage of US generosity.
- Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 175 
- I'd seen a whole lot of nastiness directed at Justin Trudeau over the years ... but [some comments] went beyond an expression of hatred; [they were] a plea for someone to murder the man. ... Here we have individuals wishing and calling for the death of a man, our prime minister, for the sole reason that they disagree with his policies. What this says about the culture of the Conservative Party is reflected by the fact that these comments are rarely challenged by others, while the party itself maintains a silence.
- Brian Busby, in "Wanting Justin Trudeau Dead," The Walrus, (25 August 2016)
- "Can I use the word 'foolish'"? said one member of the Federation for a Democratic China, characterizing Trudeau's words [about admiring China's dictatorship]. The political group advocates for the democratization of China. [...] "It seems to be that [Trudeau is] not well-informed," another member of the round table said of Trudeau.
- There is a visceral hatred for this man that goes beyond politics.
- Michael Coren, journalist and Christian commentator, in "The Christian Right’s influence on Canadian politics", The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, CBC (27 January 2019)
- [The] degree of hatred and threat thrown at Justin Trudeau on social media is extraordinary. He's dehumanized and condemned as a traitor and threat, often by organized and influential groups and people. Shameful!
- Michael Coren on Twitter, condemning violent online rhetoric targeting Trudeau after an armed intruder ploughed through the gates of Rideau Hall with his pickup truck and roamed the grounds (7 July 2020); after a 90-minute standoff in which RCMP officers sought to deescalate the situation, the man was eventually brought up on 22 charges, including firearms-related offences and uttering threats to harm the prime minister.
- The prime minister of Canada, by contrast — whose Liberal party should have something to say about liberty — had this to say about Castro’s death: feels “deep sorrow” upon hearing the news, notes his dad was “very proud to call him a friend,” and offers his “deepest condolences” to the dead dictator’s supporters.
A good leader leads. We encourage young people to speak truth to power. Yet when a powerful leader won’t speak plainly about clear cases of large-scale evil — what lesson does that teach?
- Stephen Hicks, in "Two dictators’ deaths — responses from Bush, Trump, and Trudeau" (26 November 2016); in response to Trudeau's official statement as PM in response to Castro's death.
- While the Trudeaus did indeed develop an unusually cozy relationship with the Cuban dictator, Justin Trudeau was already toilet-trained by the time his mother, Margaret Trudeau, first met Castro in 1976. […] As has been painstakingly pointed out by the fact-checking site Snopes.com, Trudeau’s December 25, 1971 birthday means that he would have been conceived between March 16 and April 22, 1971.
- Justin Trudeau was born on 25 December 1971. By means of a rough estimate, we note that a 2013 study published in the journal Human Reproduction used data from 130 pregnancies to investigate the range of different pregnancy lengths from conception to birth (gestation) and reported a range of from 247 to 284 days: It is extremely unlikely that Justin’s birth fell outside of that gestational range, meaning that Castro and Margaret Trudeau would have to have conceived their secret love-child between March 16th and April 22nd, 1971.
It should be noted that Margaret and Pierre Trudeau were secretly wed on March 4th, 1971, and honeymooned until March 8th. When they returned home, Margaret moved in with the prime minister for the first time. If ever there were a time to make a baby and have it be born in late December, it would have been then, as hinted at in a Harper’s Bazaar profile of Margaret: "Margaret moved into the prime minister’s official residence, at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, and gave birth to Justin just 10 months after the wedding, on Christmas Day in 1971."
- Alex Kasprak, in "Is Justin Trudeau Fidel Castro’s Love Child?", Snopes (30 November 2016), Debunking rumors that Trudeau could have been fathered by Fidel Castro, who never encountered his mother until a state visit of the Trudeaus in 1976.
- WTF? Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada!? He has Down Syndrome. What the fuck have you idiots done!?!?!!?
- In many ways Canada is no longer the country I grew up in, but when I hear Justin Trudeau talk, it sounds like my Canada again. Bold, clear as a bell and progressive. In politics as in show business, there are three things you need to be successful: talent, discipline and luck. Trudeau clearly has the first two. I wish him luck. I believe he will be a force for good.
- Tonight we'll dispense with the formalities. I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau.
- Richard Nixon at a gala in April 1972 during a state visit to Ottawa hosted by Pierre Trudeau, when Justin Trudeau was just four months old, as quoted in "Justin Trudeau, born into political spotlight, seeks to fulfil Nixon prophecy" by Bruce Cheadle in CBC News (19 October 2015)
- The seething hatred many on the right have for Justin Trudeau is downright pathological. One can think poorly of an opponent without being hysterical.
- Canadian writer Alheli Picazo, Twitter (21 September 2019)
- President Trump is very intimidated by Justin Trudeau because he’s a good looking, smart kid and President Trump is like this orange fat blob. I mean the poor guy has the self-esteem of a small pigeon. And Justin Trudeau has been very, very smart at keeping his distance from Donald Trump.
- Former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), as quoted in "Anthony Scaramucci Says Trump Was 'Intimidated' By 'Good-Looking' Trudeau", by Josephine Harvey, The Huffington Post (9 September 2019)
- God help us, some day Justin might be our prime minister. Don’t be surprised if his first initiative is to try to repeal the law of gravity. Dark matter, anti-matter, doesn’t matter — somehow we would survive his rejection of the “thinking that got us to this place."
- Monte Solberg, "Justin is Beyond Infinity", Toronto Sun, (21 September 2014); responding to Trudeau's statement that Canadians must rethink space and time.
- I relate to Justin because he is like every nice Jewish boy in Brooklyn — he went into his father’s business.
- American singer, actress and filmmaker Barbra Streisand during a stage performance in Toronto in August of 2016; Streisand had once dated Pierre Trudeau prior to his marriage to Margaret Sinclair. As quoted in "The Whirlwind Romance of Pierre Trudeau and Barbra Streisand," by Hugh Brewster, Everything Zoomer (3 February 2017)
- Watching China’s markets implode — and bring down the world’s interconnected economy with it — one has to wonder, does Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau still admire this country’s government?
It wasn’t that long ago Trudeau stated we should look to China for an example of how to manage economic growth.When asked to name a country’s whose government he admires, with a smirk and an unrehearsed explanation, Trudeau told us he admires China.
Despite China’s grave human rights abuses against minority religious and ethnic groups, its horrendous environmental degradation, and the serious restrictions it imposes on the rights and freedoms of its citizens, Trudeau said he admired China’s “basic dictatorship.”
Specifically, Trudeau mused about the Chinese government’s ability to turn its economy around on a dime. Yes, it was China’s market manipulation that specifically wooed Trudeau.
- Toronto Sun editorial board, "Does Trudeau Still Admire China?" (26 August 2016)
- Though his critics wouldn’t have you believe it, our prime minister is known and respected in the world for more than colourful socks and zany costumes.
- Former Canadian diplomat Chris Westdal, in an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen arguing in favor of Canada's underdog bid for a two-year, non-permanent rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council for the years 2021-2022 (15 June 2020); though Canada was ultimately unsuccessful versus Norway and Ireland, only a handful of analysts pointed to Trudeau's "brand" and public controversies as having played a role in the outcome, while most commentators and foreign policy observers pointed to other factors, including the late start to Canada's campaign; a structural decline in Canadian foreign policy that predated and continued into Trudeau's premiership, including Trudeau's government requiring considerable time and resources to deal with Donald Trump's administration and rivalries with countries such as China, India, and Saudi Arabia; and even issues within the UNSC bureaucratic apparatus itself.