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Our prime minister celebrates his 46th birthday on Christmas Day. To celebrate, we take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

When Justin Trudeau was elected as Canada's Prime Minister in 2015, the world sat up and suddenly took an interest in Canadian politics. Naturally, this curiosity was partly fuelled by the young politician's handsome and breezy athletic looks but also because this kind of image of a nation's leader is a rarity. Think John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama and Emmanuel Macron.

But while political pundits pondered his policies, the young Trudeau's fashion sense was also closely scrutinized. Vogue came calling for a feature. And in 2016, GQ Magazine was referring to him as 'Prime Minister of suave,' and counted him as one of the 13 Most Stylish Men in the World Right Now.

No stranger to the world's stage, there is also the matter of his pedigree. His famous last name is not only one affiliated with a political legacy but one which basks in a halo of style.

His late father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, was a man with an acute sense of sartorial splendour, confidently sporting cravats, fedoras and capes - all menswear signatures back in the 1970s. His mother, Maggie, is also a fashion-plate known for her unbridled sense of fun and the youthful wardrobe and vibe she brought to Parliament Hill when her husband took office.

But our leader is that rare sartorialist - he can look effortlessly cool whether he's going shirtless on the beach, sporting a cowboy hat at The Calgary Stampede or donning a tuxedo for a White House gala.

Today, as we wish our prime minister a happy birthday, we take a fun, nostalgic look back at how a much-younger Justin measures up to his current fashion smarts.


Trudeau boys: Justin, 7, holds the hand of younger brother Sacha, 5, as they head to school in Montreal.

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