Justin and Pierre: An electoral tale of two Trudeaus

Here are some facts about the political career of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the prime minister designate, and his father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Here are some facts about the political career of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the prime minister-designate, and his father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

Year/age when first elected to house: 

Justin — 2008, age 37. Pierre — 1965, age 46.

Pierre Trudeau is saluted by RCMP Officer as he carries son Justin into Rideau Hall in 1973 to attend an outdoor reception for visiting heads of the Commonwealth countries in Ottawa. As a child, Justin didn't know exactly what his dad did other than that he was "boss of Canada." (Peter Bregg/Canadian Press)

Year/age of becoming Liberal leader:

Justin — April 14, 2013, age 42. Pierre — April 20, 1968, age 49. 


Justin — Papineau. Pierre — Mount Royal. 

Year of first general election as party leader:

Justin — 2015. Pierre — 1968. 

First campaign slogans:

Justin in 2015 — "Real Change." Pierre in 1968 — "Come Work with Me." 

Campaign Songs:

Justin in 2015 — "The Veldt" by Deadmau5. Pierre in 1968 — None. 

Number of national televised leaders debates:

2015 — 5. 1968 — 1. 

Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau shows how tall his eldest son Justin has grown in relation to himself during the seventh inning stretch at the Montreal Expos game in Montreal on April 20, 1987. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Outcome of campaigns:

Justin — Elected with a majority government on Oct. 19. Pierre — Elected with a majority government. 

Population then and now according to Statistics Canada:

In 2015 — 35,749,600. In 1968 — 20,701,000. 

Number of seats now and then:

2015 — 338. 1968 — 264. 

Issues of the day now and then:

2015 — Economic stability, Syrian refugee crisis, anti-terrorism measures. 

1968 — Quebec sovereignty, affordable housing, poverty rates. 

VAULT Trudeaumania

8 years ago
Duration 1:07
Tonight was a great night for the Liberals and we're looking back at another Liberal win. Here's a toast to 1968 when Trudeau Sr. captured the attention of Canadians - young and old alike.


  • A photo caption in this story incorrectly stated that Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire have two children. The couple in fact has three children, and a correction has been made.
    Oct 20, 2015 3:47 AM ET