The name Justin Trudeau will no doubt conjure up images of the distinguished liberal Prime Minister of Canada. A liberal and a feminist, Justin is known for having a strong stance on gender equality, and for believing in freedom of choice where cannabis and playing at an online casino are concerned.
But, as with everyone in the public eye, there are probably more than a few interesting things you don’t know about him. Take a look at this list and you may well be surprised at what is revealed!
He Has A Tattoo
The Internet had a general gasping session at seeing a tattoo, located on his upper arm. A rather large one, it turned out that it was actually a combination of two tattoos. The globe he got when he was 23, and the Haida Raven when he turned 40. The Raven, he explained, represents the native people in the Gwaii, British Colombia, and Alaskan territories.
He Is The Second Youngest Canadian Prime Minister
Justin holds the record for being the second youngest official Canadian Prime Minister in History. Joe Clark holds the number one spot, having been sworn in just one day before he turned 40. Justin was sworn in at age 43, giving him the number two spot.
He Acted In A Film
He may not exactly be a celebrity film star, but Justin did play the role of well-known lawyer and soldier Talbot Papineau, who lost his life in the First World War. The film was called The Great War, and featured on the CBC. Interestingly, Justin sported a rather impressive moustache for the role. Too bad he shaved it off.
He Is A Skilled Boxer
Once again, he won’t be pursuing a career in boxing, but he certainly knows his way around a ring. Justin has participated in a number of charity boxing events, and even won in an exhibition match against Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. At least we know he will be able to hold his own if a fight ever breaks out in Parliament!
He Can Take A Fall
Apparently, Justin is known for his party trick of throwing himself down flights of stairs. Bizarre but true, and a fun fact that many have highlighted, especially due to the man having a large security detail. This party trick has got him many a startled gasp, including at his wedding reception, of all places. But he does the trick due to coming out the other end of the fall completely unscathed. Weird. Clearly he has had some stunt training, at some point, though who knows why.
Core Strength Show Off
It wasn’t so long ago that planking was all the rage, and Justin would have been right up there planking with the best of them, had he not been an important political person and having an image to uphold. It turns out that he can plank like a pro, and was seen doing so in an image that absolutely didn’t go viral on purpose.
The image showed Justin in Parliament Hill, in an office, elevating himself off the ground on a desk, using just his arms. With body horizontal, it sort of took the concept of planking to a whole new level, and demonstrated that the man sure has core strength to spare. Impressive.
He Is A Feminist
As already mentioned, Justin is a feminist who firmly believes in gender equality. He was quick to assign a cabinet that was 50% female, a move that he was largely applauded for. Upon being asked why he was so quick to make the changes, he simply answered that it was because ‘it was 2015.’
He also took part in the Montreal Pride Parade, which celebrated LGBTQ rights in Canada. Photos circulated of him smiling and waving from the parade, another move that was largely applauded.
Wedding Cake Is Tacky
At his wedding reception, where he threw himself down a flight of stairs, as you’ll recall, the guests did not receive any cake. Why? Well, because apparently wedding cake is tacky. His wife Sophie made this declaration, and instead offered guests a choice from a selection of desserts. One wonders how the stair stunt went down with her…
Video Game Nod Of Approval
A very rarely acknowledged nod from a video game, Dues Ex: Human Revolution made mention of Justin as part of its futuristic plot. In the game, Canada has become a world super power, with enormous military and influential might. The Prime Minister of the fictional Canadian vision is listed as Justin Trudeau. Interesting.
His Full Name
Lastly, Just Trudeau is not actually the Prime Minister’s full name. It is, in fact, Justin Pierre James Trudeau. His middle names are those of his father and grandfather, although are rarely, if ever mentioned when Justin is referred to. Probably a good thing though, as they are quite a mouthful!