Justin Trudeau is the eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, making him the first child of a prime minister to assume the post. He is also the second youngest Canadian prime minister, at 44 years old; Joe Clark took office in 1979 at 39 years old, one day shy of his birthday. The young Trudeau has been continually underestimated by detractors and his political opponents due to being rather different from most statesmen, as well as the impression of him being lesser compared to his father.
Aside from cutting a dashing figure with his good looks, Trudeau is also known to be a bit of a renaissance man, which indeed helps with his public image. He earned a BA in English literature from McGill University, then became a teacher in Vancouver before studying engineering. He also started a master's degree in environmental geography, but suspended the program to start his political career. Trudeau had become more involved with the Liberal Party in the 2000s after the death of his father.
Trudeau also acted in a TV miniseries called The Great War in 2007. He is also known for his physical fitness, being an avid boxing and yoga enthusiast—even going as far as taking part in a charity boxing match for cancer research on March 31, 2012. This unconventional list of credentials and accomplishments has led many to think of Trudeau as more flash over substance—an assessment that still persists to this day.
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