More than four decades after his father, Pierre Trudeau, took his seat as head of Parliament in 1968, Justin Trudeau made his own mark in history as he was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minster on Wednesday (Nov. 4). Surrounded by his loving family, including wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau and children Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace, 6, and 20-month-old Hadrian, the 43-year-old took the oaths of office in front of Governor General David Johnson and his very proud mother, Margaret Trudeau.
“Canadians want a government with a vision, and an agenda for this country that is positive, and ambitious, and hopeful,” declared an emotional Justin at his victory party on Election Day in October. “I promise you tonight, that I will lead that government. I will make that vision a reality. I will be that prime minister.”
By his side through it all was his devoted wife Sophie, who arrived to the ceremony on Wednesday looking stylish in a chicly belted, winter-white coat by Canadian designer Bojana Sentaler. Prior to the election results, the mother of three insisted that no matter the outcome, the Trudeau family unit wouldn’t change. “Around us will change. But within, we’ll stay who we are” she told CTV. The former broadcaster is also prepared to whether a storm of criticism that comes with Canada’s top job. “You learn to distance yourself from the criticism. We have taught our children that meanness gets you nowhere in life.”
During his long campaign for office, Justin promised that if elected he would appoint women to half the posts in his 31-seat cabinet. Sure enough, 15 women were announced as cabinet members during the swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall. “We will shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it is meant to serve,” says Justin, adding that, “Openness and transparency will be our constant companions, and we will work to restore Canadians' trust in their government and in our democracy.