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Margaret Trudeau on Justin's win: 'A golden moment in my life'

The proudest mom in Canada. Margaret Trudeau resided at 24 Sussex as the wife of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Three decades she'll be returning — to visit her son.

Margaret Trudeau on her son's majority win

7 years ago
Duration 1:42
Carol Off talks to Margaret Trudeau about her son Justin's majority win
When prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau captured a majority last night, his mother, Margaret, was by his side.

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is accompanied by his mother Margaret Trudeau (L) and his wife Sophie Gregoire, daughter Ella Grace and sons Hadrien (foreground) and Xavier (R) as he watches results at his election night headquarters in Montreal, Que., Oct. 19, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

"When we realized the moment when it came on the screen, I think I had the best hug of my whole life from my son," Margaret Trudeau tells As It Happens host Carol Off.

For both of the Trudeaus, last night's victory will mean a return to 24 Sussex Drive, with Justin as the prime minister and a father of three and Margaret as a visitor, mother and grandmother.

Trudeau says she knows the turmoil of political life, but she is optimistic about the family returning to the residence she once called "the crown jewel of the federal penitentiary system."

"It's not my turn. It's their turn and that's the wonder and the joy of life is I had my turn. It was a rocky, wonderful road I was on," Trudeau explains. 

"Justin's always been golden and I couldn't have been prouder of him last night, the whole family. It's a blessing to me and Justin, my goodness," Trudeau says. "It's a tremendous victory for Canadian people."

To hear the full interview with Maragret Trudeau please click on the Listen audio link above.


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