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. 
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
Quotes about Trudeau
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- 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 [https://thewalrus.ca/wanting-justin-trudeau-dead/ "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 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!?!?!!?
- 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 21 2014); responding to Trudeau's statement that Canadians must rethink space and time.
- 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)