Election 2019: 6 Fun Facts About Each of The 6 Prime Minister Candidates

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Over the past weeks, we’ve likely heard all about the prime minister candidates’ promises. But what do we really know about them?

Each candidate has their own colourful background outside of being politicians, so let’s dig into it.

Here are some fun facts about each candidate.

Justin Trudeau 

  1. It’s not new-found information that Trudeau was born to former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. But he’s the first child of a Prime Minister to run the country himself.
  2. Friends actor Matthew Perry said him and Trudeau went to grade school together. Perry told Jimmy Kimmel that he and his friends used to beat up Trudeau because they were jealous of him.
  3. Aside from being a politician and a teacher, Trudeau’s other career endeavour was acting. He starred in CBC’s The Great War in 2007.
  4. His favourite author is Stephen King.
  5. In 1972, president Richard Nixon said the then one-year-old Trudeau would one day become Prime Minister.
  6. The current prime minister’s party trick apparently involves throwing himself down a flight of stairs.

Andrew Scheer

  1. The Conservative leader has five children, ages 3 to 14, with his wife Jill Scheer. He previously joked his wife has either been pregnant or just had a baby, since he began campaigning in 2004.
  2. Scheer’s father was a librarian and proofreader with the Ottawa Citizen.
  3. Scheer previously worked as a waiter and as an insurance clerk for about six months. However, he claimed on his party website to have been an insurance broker. Upon further investigation, the Globe and Mail discovered this was not true.
  4. Scheer talks a lot about growing up with exceptionally frugal parents. He says they stressed about money a lot and never bought a car, for fear they wouldn’t be able to afford it if one of them ever lost their job, which was never an issue.
  5. He played baseball regularly as a kid. Scheer grew up with two sisters who took dance, but he himself was a baseball fan.
  6. His wife Jill Scheer is the sister to Jon Ryan, a football punter for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Jagmeet Singh

  1. It’s been said by a few that Singh is a sharp dresser. Even GQ Magazine had taken notice when a piece in 2017 described him as an “incredibly well-dressed rising star in Canadian politics.”
  2. One of the most googled questions about Singh is “who is his wife”. Well, she’s 28-year-old fashion designer, Gurkiran Kaur. They first met while Kaur was in university years earlier, but they got married in February 2018.
  3. Kaur chooses the colour of Singh’s turbans so it matches her outfit each day.
  4. Singh is a vegetarian. He posted on Thanksgiving about his signature vegetarian dish: poutine made with sweet potatoes and curry sauce, rather than gravy.
  5. Singh was a lawyer and human rights activist before he became a politician.
  6. While Trudeau is a boxer, Singh is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Elizabeth May

  1. May lived in New Brunswick, where her family owned a restaurant and gift shop.
  2. She is a huge Harry Potter fan and defines herself as a master butterbeer brewer.
  3. May almost became a priest, before she turned to activism and politics.
  4. Her mother was a political activist, as well as an artist and sculptor.
  5. Scheer’s not the only one with a connection to the U.S.. May was born in Connecticut, but after visiting Cape Breton Island with her family one summer, they moved there.
  6. May is the author of eight books, with many regarding the environment, of course.

Yves-François Blanchet

  1. Leader of Bloc Quebecois, Blanchet, had previously founded a media company called TAG, but it only lasted three months.
  2. He was president of a non-profit organization that supported Quebec’s independent music industry.
  3. He had also founded a record label, Diffusion YFB, featuring Quebec-based rock bands.
  4. Blanchet served as environment minister between 2012 and 2014.
  5. Scheer isn’t the only one with a big family. Blanchet is father to four children.
  6. Like Trudeau, he also worked as a teacher, after graduating university with a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology.

Maxime Bernier

  1. Bernier is founder of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), as well as the current leader.
  2. Prior to founding the PPC, Bernier was part of the Conservative party until August, 2018.
  3. Bernier’s ex-girlfriend, Julie Couillard, has ties to biker gangs. She was previously married to a member of Rockers biker gang and had also dated another biker.
  4. Like May, he is also an author.
  5. Bernier is a runner and has taken part in several marathons.
  6. Satirical political party, The Rhinoceros Party, hired a candidate of the same name, causing considerable confusion. “They asked me at the beginning if I could be just a name,” he said. “And I refused that. If I’m doing to do it, I do it all, or I’m not doing it at all,” the second Bernier told CBC.

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