Chances are you’ve probably heard of Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada. He is smart, good-looking, and has people all over the world wishing they could live in Canada. That may be a slight exaggeration but not far from the truth. On today’s list we are going to share with you 25 times Justin Trudeau made us wish we were Canadians!
The time he danced like a pro
What’s not to love about a leader that can let loose and dance a little bit? Well, Canadians and the world swooned when they saw an old video of Justin Trudeau dancing to a hit bhangra song. Props to Trudeau for really owning it and wearing the full outfit.
The time he rocked a kilt
It’s not too often you get to see a world leader dress up in a plaid kilt. So when Justin Trudeau dressed up in one at the Glengarry Games, how could you not want to be a Canadian in that moment? (Might we also point out that in this picture, he’s balancing a baby in his hands?)
The time he tried to high-five Prince George
There’s nothing worse than being left hanging when you’ve got a fresh high five waiting for someone. That’s exactly what happened when Justin Trudeau tried to get a high five from young Prince George but ultimately was rejected. Trudeau pulls off a win just for putting in the effort.
The time he made Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List
He joined world leaders like Joe Biden and Prince Harry on the International Best Dressed list. (Somehow, I think the kilt put him on top.) Though, he admits that he once wore capes, which might not have gone so well on the campaign trail.
The time he committed to fight climate change
Campaigning on a platform to combat climate change, Trudeau acted quickly to cut Canadian emissions and put a tax on carbon. “We will be acting in a determined way to fight climate change and to achieve significant progress in the area of environmental protection for our children,” Trudeau said.
The time he charmed everyone at the White House press conference
Despite differing with Trump on several policy issues including welcoming refugees, Trudeau charmed the White House with his response at the press conference. “There have been times when we have differed in our approaches….the last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they chose to govern themselves,” Trudeau said. Trudeau’s poised response showed a mature and intelligent leader that many admire no matter their nationality.
The time he joined the One Campaign to fight for women's education
In an effort to combat how poverty directly affects women’s ability to get an education, Justin Trudeau joined the One Campaign and wrote a letter to other world leaders. “Canada’s commitment to the Global Fund is the first step on a path toward a new global policy that prioritizes equal treatment of girls and women. Investing in health will enable girls and women to survive and flourish, including by making key contributions to ending extreme poverty for everyone,” Trudeau wrote.
The time he combatted fear mongering politicians
Fear-mongering has become a popular political tactic internationally and across America. In his first UN address, Justin Trudeau spoke out against leaders using people’s fears and anxieties for personal gain and instead inspired them to strive to bring people together. “By appealing to people’s better angels, by drawing people together rather than stoking fears and anxieties, we were actually able to create a government that is focused on strengthening the middle class, to allay those fears and anxieties and demonstrate a positive engagement with the world,” Trudeau said.
The time he chose a gender balanced cabinet
Trudeau put his money where his mouth is regarding gender equality when he stepped up and balanced his cabinet 50/50 men and women. When asked why he decided to do this, he shrugged and said, “Because it’s 2015.”
The time he cuddled with pandas
When he’s not fighting for gender equality, dancing his heart out, or combatting fear mongering, Justin Trudeau is off cuddling with pandas and warming everyone’s hearts in the process. I mean, come on, there’s not much else to say about this one.
The time he showed off his core strength
Can you say namaste? Yoga and fitness seem to be a huge part of Trudeau’s regimen, and he showed that off once by balancing his entire body on a table with his fists.
The time he geeked out about quantum computing
Not many can explain exactly what a computer is much less a quantum computer, but Justin Trudeau wowed everyone with his intelligent and concise answer on the subject, proving once again Canada made the right decision when electing their Prime Minister.
The time he responded to his internet haters
The internet is dark and full of terrors and even a charming guy like Justin Trudeau can’t avoid the trolls and haters lurking under bridges and behind user names. In an attempt to address his haters and create a little levity, Justin Trudeau was invited on BuzzFeed to read some of the comments about him. It was perfect.
The time he encouraged kids to become computer programmers
With computer programming becoming one of the highest paid and most sought after jobs around the world, Canada has a vested interest in making sure they educate their children in computer programming. So, when Justin Trudeau joined the makers of Canada Learning Code and Code.org to teach kids how to code, it sent a powerful message that Canada is ready to lead in new innovations.
The time he met with Emma Watson
Justin Trudeau has spoken out countless times about being a Feminist, so when he met with UN Goodwill Ambassador and actress Emma Watson to promote her HeForShe campaign, all our hearts melted a little bit. Indeed, a few times it looked like Watson was taken with Trudeau in the meeting.
The time he helped carry a disabled man down an escalator
While Trump mocked a disabled reporter during his political campaigns for president, Justin Trudeau did his part by carrying a handicapped man down a broken escalator at the Montreal Metro Station. Way to show leadership by service and kindness, Mr. Trudeau!
The time he thanked these women for teaching him how to use a blowtorch
Visiting SaskPolytech, a couple of women training at the school put Trudeau to work with a blowtorch. He thanked them for trusting him with it.
The time he announced he will apologize for the persecution of Canada's gay citizens
In an effort to heal from laws against the LGBTQ community, Justin Trudeau will make a sweeping apology on behalf of all Canadians for anyone who was fired, sent to jail, or otherwise persecuted for their sexuality.
The time he took a selfie with fellow hikers at a Quebec cave
While hiking near a Quebec cave, the Godbys suddenly saw a shirtless Justin Trudeau come out of the cave with his family. Well, of course, they had to get a little selfie to commemorate the unlikely run in with their Prime Minister.
The time he apologized for his bad facial hair
In an interview with the Daily Show, Justin Trudeau went through a list of things he was or was not sorry for and one thing that came up was his facial hair he grew for Movember. While he apologized for it, he also said it was at least for a good cause. Movember is a program that promotes prostate cancer awareness.
The time he encouraged men to be feminists
While Trudeau is leading on a gender balanced cabinet, working with the One Campaign and HeForShe, he is also sending the message to men to not be afraid of the word ‘Feminist’ and to be more involved in fighting for women’s equality, stating men play an important role.
The time he became the first Prime Minister to march in a Pride parade
On July 5th, 2016, Justin Trudeau was greeted with applause as he marched down the streets of Toronto. He was the first Canadian Prime Minister to march in a Pride parade, showing his commitment to right the wrongs of the past.
The time he fought for indigenous people
Addressing a group of First Nation leaders in Quebec, Trudeau laid out his plans to reset relations with First Nation peoples by starting an inquiry into the murder of indigenous women and making investments in education.
The time he had a bromance with Barack Obama
While Barack Obama was still in office, he and Justin Trudeau had several meet-ups at the White House and the APEC Summit, throwing jokes, quips, and playful jabs that you’d only find in a bromance friendship. Their warm bond was certainly in great contrast to the time Trudeau met up with Trump.
The time he greeted Syrian refugees at a Toronto airport
With America closing its doors to refugees, Trudeau could not lead a better example by coming down to the Toronto airport to greet Syrian refugees moving to Canada. Canada has committed to welcome 25,000 refugees in total. Trudeau greeted families as they passed through; a father of one family said through an interpreter, “We really would like to thank you for all this hospitality and the warm welcome. We felt ourselves at home.”
“You are home. Welcome home,” Trudeau said.
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