Justin Trudeau and Max Pacioretty are distant cousins, genealogist says

It appears Canada's next prime minister and the captain of the Montreal Canadiens have more in common besides their leadership positions.

Prime minister-designate and Habs' captain share Acadian roots

Habs captain Max Pacioretty and Prime Minister-delegate Justin Trudeau are descendants of Acadians who settled in Quebec. (Radio-Canada)

It appears Justin Trudeau and Max Pacioretty have something in common besides their leadership positions.

Canada's next prime minister and the captain of the Montreal Canadiens are distant relatives that share Acadian roots, according to genealogist Stephen White from the University of Moncton.

Their ties trace back to the 18th century to two brothers who settled in Shepody, N.B., and Amherst, N.S.

The Savoie brothers were deported to the United States in 1755 but were quickly reunited in Canada. 

François and Jean-Baptiste Savoie both settled in Quebec City in 1756 and 1757 respectively.

Pacioretty is a descendant of Jean-Baptiste Savoie while Trudeau is related to Margaret Thibodeau, François Savoie's wife.

The two are ninth cousins.


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