Everything you need to know about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
He's meeting with President Trump today.
By JENNIFER HANSLER
February 13, 2017, 3:42 PM
• 5 min read
-- Justin Trudeau, who set the internet ablaze with his well-documented "bromance" with former President Obama, is coming back to Washington. The Canadian prime minister is scheduled to make his first official visit to the White House since President Trump took office.
Here’s what to know about the charismatic Canadian leader before their meeting today.
Trudeau, 45, began his political career in 2008 when he was elected to Parliament representing a district in Montreal. He was elected the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party in 2013 and won the highest seat in the country two years later.
But Trudeau was no stranger to the political spotlight. As the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, he spent part of his young adulthood at 24 Sussex, the official residence of the prime minister.
Prior to becoming a politician, Trudeau was a teacher. He spent years teaching "mostly French and math" in Vancouver, according to the Liberal Party website. Trudeau also acted in a made-for-TV movie called "The Great War," portraying Quebecoise soldier Gen. Talbot Papineau.
Since taking office, Trudeau, who led the Liberal Party in Canada back to power, has supported numerous progressive causes, the most visible of which might be his refugee policy. Photos of the prime minister welcoming Syrian refugees in December of 2015 went viral.
In response to Trump’s controversial temporary refugee ban, Trudeau said Canada would step in. He tweeted, "to those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength."
Trudeau, who is married with three children, is expected to speak to Trump about Canada's immigration and refugee policies during his visit, according to a spokesman.
The viral photos are far from Trudeau's only brush with internet fame. Photos and videos of the prime minister’s doing yoga, jogging, holding twin pandas and even explaining quantum computing have all taken the internet by storm.