The second-youngest Prime Minister after Joe Clark, he is also, as the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the first child of a previous Prime Minister to hold the post
Born in Ottawa, Trudeau attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and graduated from McGill University in 1994 and the University of British Columbia in 1998
He gained a high public profile in October 2000, when he delivered a eulogy at his father's state funeral
After graduating, he worked as a teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia
He completed one year of an engineering program at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique before deciding to quit the program in 2003
In 2005 he began a master's degree in environmental geography at Montreal's McGill University and quit this program after one year
He used his public profile to advocate for various causes and acted in the 2007 TV miniseries The Great War
Eight years after his father's death, Trudeau became involved in politics
In the 2008 federal election, he was elected to represent the riding of Papineau in the House of Commons
In 2009, he was appointed the Liberal Party's critic for youth and multiculturalism, and the following year, became critic for citizenship and immigration
In 2011, he was appointed as critic for secondary education and youth and amateur sport
Trudeau won the leadership of the Liberal Party in April 2013 and went on to lead his party to victory in the 2015 federal election, moving the third-placed Liberals from 36 seats to 184 seats, the largest-ever numerical increase by a party in a Canadian election
Forbes has ranked Trudeau the 69th most powerful person in the world
University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (1998)
McGill University - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (1994)
Université de Montréal
I was a high-school teacher. I am a strong advocate for women's rights, and I'm not a woman.
Canada has always been there to help people who need it.
I am a teacher. It's how I define myself. A good teacher isn't someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That's the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it'll have to do a lot with teaching.
I think people understand that if you're going to have a successful economy, you need people's potential to be realized. That means education. It means university education, sure, but it also means training, apprenticeships and various kinds of skills diplomas that we know are necessary.