"Justin Pierre James Trudeau MP (born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician. Trudeau was designated the next Prime Minister of Canada after leading the Liberal Party in the 2015 federal election to a majority government victory. When he is sworn in, he will be the second-youngest person (Joe Clark being the youngest) and the first time a child of a previous prime minister will hold the post; Trudeau is the eldest son of the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, and Margaret Trudeau. He will also, as a prime minister, assume the honorific style The Right Honourable for life.
He was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Papineau in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He has served as the Liberal Party's critic for Youth and Multiculturalism, Citizenship and Immigration, Post Secondary Education, and Youth and Amateur Sport.
In 2013, Justin Trudeau chose to give up his seat at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, in deference to Irwin Cotler as representative of the Liberal Party of Canada, because of Cotler's work for and with Nelson Mandela in fighting apartheid."
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via Trudeau taps millionaire Stephen Bronfman to help fill Liberals' war chest by Jane Taber (Aug. 28, 2013)
Although Mr. Bronfman – a philanthropist and executive chairman of Claridge Inc., the Montreal-based private-equity firm started by his father – is a relative newcomer to politics, he will be a key player for the Liberals. Fundraising is crucial in order to counter Tory attacks in the periods between elections. A long-time family friend of Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Bronfman will also be a top adviser to the Liberal Leader.
Mr. [Stephen] Bronfman is hoping to win back the Jewish community, whose fundraising dollars have been going more and more to the Tories because of the party’s pro-Israel stand.
“We’ll work hard on that,” said Mr. Bronfman, adding that “Stephen Harper has never been to Israel and I took Justin there five years ago and he was referring at the end of the trip to Israel as ‘we.’ So I thought that was pretty good.”
Mr. Bronfman will be involved with big fundraising events. He is a good friend of environmentalist David Suzuki and sits as a director on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.
via Justin Trudeau promises 'Canadian approach' to climate change by James Fitz-Morris, Catharine Tunney (CBC, Nov 23, 2015)
"[...]"We'll demonstrate that we are serious about climate change … This means making decisions based on science, it means reducing carbon emissions, including through carbon pricing towards a climate resilient economy. It means collaborating with our provincial and territorial partners, supporting climate change efforts in developing countries and investing in sustainable economic prosperity."
While Trudeau's enthusiasm was echoed by most of the premiers during the day, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was the go-to for a dissenting voice, noting that some 30,000 jobs have already been lost in Canada's energy sector.
The Liberal government hasn't unveiled a national emission reduction target yet but Trudeau has said he hopes to set a more ambitious target than that proposed last spring by the Harper government: a 30 per cent reduction below 2005 levels by 2030.
"It's not enough to have a target but we need to have a plan to achieve that target," Trudeau said.
On Sunday, Alberta announced it would introduce a carbon tax across the board, joining British Columbia in phasing in a $30 per tonne price on carbon emissions.
Ontario and Quebec signed on last year to a cap-and-trade system in conjunction with California.
"I'm hopeful that these policies will help us send an important message to the world next week in Paris — Canada is back," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said his province's climate change plan will come in early December, just before he heads to Paris to participate in the talks.
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