Son of "Trudeaumania" wins office in Canada

Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:59am EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A well-known name from Canada's political past has returned to the national stage with the election of Justin Trudeau in Tuesday's federal election.

The son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau won a narrow victory in Montreal as a candidate for the Liberal Party. His father was Liberal leader from 1968 to 1984, and led the country for much of that time.

"Trudeaumania" was used to describe Pierre Trudeau's early popularity, and the Liberals viewed Justin Trudeau as one of their star candidates in this race.

In an election that saw the opposition Liberals turn in their worst showing since 1984, Trudeau, a 36-year-old teacher, narrowly defeated an incumbent member of the separatist Bloc Quebecois party on Tuesday.

Pierre Trudeau died in 2000.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd and Randall Palmer; Editing by Eric Walsh)

<p>Liberal candidate Justin Trudeau laughs after visiting a polling station in his Papineau riding of Montreal, October 14, 2008. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi</p>