It’s been five months since Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. And the young energetic PM has taken the world by storm–especially loved by our southern neighbours–, but how well do we really know JT?
These Trudeau facts are sure to surprise you and probably make you smile. Check ’em out and keep them in your back pocket for further use.
1. He’s the first prime minister to be born in Ottawa
Born on Christmas Day 1971, in Ottawa, Trudeau also joins his two younger siblings (Alexander and Michel) and John A. Macdonald‘s youngest daughter, Margaret Mary Macdonald as the only children to be born while their father was prime minister.
2. Contary to popular belief, he’s not Canada’s youngest PM
Prime Minister Joe Clark keeps that honour, since he was 39 years old when he assumed office. Trudeau was sworn in right before his 44th birthday.
3. Trudeau and Thomas Mulclair are cousins
Okay, distant cousins, but cousins nonetheless. According to The Toronto Star, Ancestry.ca says Justin and Tom share eighth great-grandparents, named Amiot and Miville, who lived in Quebec in the 1600s.
4. Our new prime minister’s a movie star…sort of
Trudeau’s no Ronald Reagan but he did star in the The Great War, a CBC TV movie about Canada’s role in the Second World War. JT played Talbot Papineau, a lawyer and famous soldier who was killed in action. Check out that moustache, too.
5. JT was a teacher back in the day
Before entering politics, Trudeau taught French, math and even drama to high school students. When he became the Liberal leader years later, the Conservatives tried to attack him by saying he was unfit to be in charge. The Tories mocked the fact that he was a drama teacher, among many, many other things. Luckily, Trudeau has a sense of humour, and responded with this ad of him sitting in a classroom.
6. He’s the only politician in Canada (and maybe the world) to master this baby trick:
— Joe Kool (@Kool_Camel) September 23, 2015
He apparently learned this move from his dad.
Don’t worry, it’s his kid.
7. His party tricks also include throwing himself down stairs
No, seriously. After a seemingly normal interview with La Presse, he threw himself down a flight of stairs for sh*ts and giggles…and our amusement, we assume.
8. JT and his wife, Sophie, met in high school but aren’t high-school sweethearts
Trudeau might have proposed to Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau in 2004, but the two met back in the ’90s. Gregoire-Trudeau spent a lot of time in the Trudeau household because she was friends with Justin’s younger brother Michel. She lost touch with JT, but they reconnected in 2003 and the rest is, well, history.
10. Justin Trudeau is BFFs with Ben Mulroney
It’s funny how just how much things can change in one generation: The PM progeny have clearly buried the Trudeau-Mulroney hatchet as Justin and Ben are good friends. Their friendship may even have rubbed off on Brian Mulroney as the former prime minister actually endorsed Justin back in 2013.
10. He once called Peter Kent a “piece of sh*t”
Yep, in 2011, an angry Trudeau called Peter Kent, then Canada’s minister of the environment, those three words during a heated debate about the Kyoto Protocol. He immediately apologized. At least we know he has some fight in him.
11. He’s inked up
Trudeau has two tattoos but they actually show off his softer side: One of them (on his left shoulder) is a big tattoo of the planet Earth, which he got in his 20s. Later on, he added a Haida (aboriginal) raven surrounding the planet on his 40th birthday.
Is Trudeau first world leader with a tattoo? And a massive one at that pic.twitter.com/pU431arvAO
— Chris Deerin (@chrisdeerin) October 20, 2015
12. He spent the morning after the election thanking people on the subway
You’d think Trudeau would be getting some rest and relaxation the day after winning the election, but no. Instead, he spent the morning in a Montreal subway station saying thank you to transit riders. Surprised commuters shook his hand and posed for selfies with Canada’s new prime minister. How sweet is that?
13. Trudeau isn’t afraid to get personal
The Trudeaus have experienced mental illness first-hand, and the PM has spoken candidly about both his wife’s battle with eating disorders and his mother’s bipolar diagnosis, saying, “I didn’t find out until I was well into my mid-20s that my mother had struggled with mental illness all through my childhood… My mum showed me what true toughness and what true courage is, which is the courage to share your vulnerability, to share your uncertainty to share your struggle and know that with that sharing you can have a positive impact and help many people.”
14. Justin has incredible core strength
No, seriously. A photo of JT performing a peacock yoga pose on top of a table has been circulating on the Internet for the last couple of years. Recently, it’s been brought back to everyone’s attention. Someone even managed to pull up a photo of Trudeau Senior performing the same majestic move. Like father like son, eh? Check it out below: