Justin Trudeau Wins Hearts and Minds

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Canada’s prime minister gained unprecedented popularity with his progressive political moves -- like becoming the country’s first sitting leader to march in Vancouver’s Pride Parade -- and his good looks didn’t hurt, either.

“Canada is back,” as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet proclaimed this year -- and is it ever.

The political honeymoon is still going strong for Canada’s magnetic leader just over a year into his first term. In that time, Trudeau has embraced his Liberal party’s bona fides with bold commitments to combating climate change, generous fiscal spending that’s won kudos from the G20 and IMF, and proud, continued support for LGBT rights.

This is all in addition to becoming a political heartthrob. Trudeau’s photo ops have attracted a global fanbase, whether he’s completing a power trio of handsomeness alongside the U.S. and Mexican presidents or ushering in a new era of flashbulb-friendly political royalty with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

It’s a promising start for Trudeau as he takes up the mantle of his late father, Pierre Trudeau, who built a legacy as one of Canada’s most storied and longest-serving leaders. And with a stunning 78 percent approval rating among 18-to-34-year-olds, the youthful Trudeau -- he turns 45 on Christmas Day -- is writing history of his own.

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Trudeau has emerged as a decisive economic leader. By pledging major investments to stimulate growth in Canada, he garnered the attention of other world leaders, including the Group of Seven, which gathered in May in Shima, Mie, Japan.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama cut a dashing profile at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Ontario -- so dashing, in fact, that they inspired a slew of memes on social media.


Two global power couples meet as Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, welcome Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Victoria, Canada.

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Trudeau brought youthful energy to Canadian government. The former boxer got the comic-book-hero treatment in an issue of Marvel's "Civil War II: Choosing Sides."

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