Five Famous Fathers, Five Questions – JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Member of Parliament

Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Jun 18, 2010

His interests span far and wide.  Environmentalist, educator, geographer, politician, activist, speaker.

These days, Justin Trudeau is carving his own political path as a  Member of Parliament for the riding of Papineau, in Montreal.

It has been a busy few years for the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.  He got married, entered federal politics and has had two children — all in the past five years.

With a Canadian icon as his father, the 39-year-old Trudeau is setting his course as a Dad to 3-year-old Xavier and 12-month old Ella-Grace.  A journey he is travelling with his wife Sophie.

Trudeau took time out of his packed schedule to answer our questions about fatherhood.

1. What does being a Dad mean to you?
Being a Dad means that my general wish to make the world a better place just got much more specific, with my kids I now have a powerful, concrete, daily reminder of why I need to make the world a better place.  

2. What is the one thing you have learned about being a Dad that has surprised you?

What amazes me about being a Dad is that I get to rediscover the world through their eyes, and their almost infinite capacity for wonder. A funny-looking dog, a spider, a really big rock or a scary tree, things we adults no longer even notice are suddenly restored to the world around us.

3. Your greatest Dad moment that you can share?
Following their birth, both my children spent their first night’s sleep in my arms.  The way I saw it, Sophie got them for nine months, so their first night out belonged to me.

4. Biggest challenge as a Dad?

My biggest challenge is balancing work and family. I want to be there as much as I can for them, but I want them to understand that work is an important part of life, especially if it’s about changing the world for the better. 

5.  Your secret to success as a Dad? 
Patience, unconditional love, and never trying to multitask when I’m with them.

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