Justin Trudeau is a controversial figure.\nALSO READ: Canada Should Just Close Its Border With The U.S.\nTL;DR LinkedIn has ranked Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau the fifth most influencial person and number one most influential politician in the world. A link to the complete ranking is at the bottom of this article.\nDespite his popularity abroad, particularly in the United States, where the Canadian prime minister shines as a hopeful alternative to the country's current regressive regime, he continues to provoke some pretty strong reactions at home.\nConservatives detest what they perceive as his threat to the Canadian manufacturing and oil industries. Progressives decry his proclivity for political stunts and soaring rhetoric despite rather weak leadership on some core promises.\nBut whatever Canadians' feelings for the prime minister, Trudeau is, perhaps unfortunately, not only the country's only viable option for the office for the foreseeable future, but also the world's last hope. Around the globe, once-stable republics appear to be regressing towards autocracy while Canada remains a bastion of democratic values.\nView this post on Instagram We’re working together in partnership to tackle issues and help support the ideas of Indigenous youth. My thanks to the 2018 Nishnawbe Aski Nation Youth Council for their visit and very good discussion today. 🇨🇦 Nous travaillons en partenariat pour régler les problèmes auxquels sont confrontés les jeunes Autochtones et appuyer leurs idées. Merci au Conseil des jeunes de 2018 de la Nation Nishnawbe-Aski pour sa visite aujourd’hui et la bonne discussion que nous avons eue sur la Colline. A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Nov 20, 2018 at 6:44pm PST\nThose optics may be one reason why LinkedIn has just ranked Trudeau the fifth most influencial person in the world and the number one most influential politician.\nIn its annual list of Top Voice: Influencers, LinkedIn evaluates the people whose policies, agendas, and words have carried the most impact and sparked the most conversation on its site.\nTrudeau stands out in the top twenty as the only serving politician. CEOs, editors-in-chief, and non-profit boardmembers occupy the remaining nineteen spots.\n@justinpjtrudeauembedded via\nLinkedIn specifically points to the prime minister's concern for "issues impacting Canadians as well as the wider world, whether it’s supporting the Gender Equality Advisory Council or responding to new U.S. tariffs."\nThis new ranking will likely spark debate among Canadians. Read the entire list from LinkedIn here.\nStay tuned for more Trudeau news.