Justin Trudeau has been the most popular man in all of Canada, and given his newly acquired position as Prime Minister in the Liberal party's majority government, we're going to see a lot of Justin in the future. But, as is the case with almost every major male political figure (warning: incoming cliche), there is a woman behind the man, and Justin's wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, is an interesting public figure even without her PM husband.
You may already know everything about Justin and his policies, but what about where his wife stands on important issues? Do you even have the tiniest bit of knowledge when it comes to the wife of the new Prime Minister? Probably not, so to help create a more well-rounded and balanced picture of Canada's latest political power couple, here are a few factoids on the Mrs. Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau.
She is somewhere "between jail bait and [a] cougar.
We didn't create that comparison, that hilarious line came from Sophie herself. While at an event covered by The Globe and Mail, Sophie spoke on her current stage in life, basically saying she's "at that awkward stage between jail bait and cougar," a lot like tequila, noted Sophie, to drive the point home. Gotta love a lady with a sense of humour.
She used to be friends with Justin's brother.
After moving from Sainte-Adèle, Quebec to the town of Mount-Royal on the island of Montreal when she was four, Sophie became the schoolyard chum of Michel Trudeau, the youngest son of the Trudeau family, who died in an avalanche in 1998. That's where Sophie first met Justin, though they're 4 years apart in age, which is a pretty big gap when you're a kid, so nothing steamy happened back in the day.
She's raising her kids "Montreal-style".
Wanting her children to grow up bilingual, Sophie makes a point to speak to her young-lings in French and English, just like she and Justin were raised. Actually, Sophie specified how the Trudeau household actually focuses on French at home, while their Anglophone friends and family handle the exposure to English.
She was "boy crazy" in her youth.
Recounting her childhood to long time friend Erica Diamond, Sophie made the revealing comment that she had "a real love for sports and the outdoors" and "an equally crazy love for boys." With the raging hormones of adolescence and Justin in the neighborhood, it isn't hard to see why.
She went to McGill, but switched to UdeM.
Wanting to follow in her father's footsteps, who was a stockbroker, Sophie originally began her post-secondary career at McGill's commerce program. Realizing the world of commerce wasn't her thing, Sophie then moved on to study communications, eventually getting a BA in communications at UdeM.
Sophie then made another switch after university, ditching her position at an advertising firm for one in a news room. Ultimately, it was a good move, since Sophie has had a very successful career as a journalist since.
She struggled with bulimia for years.
When she was 17, Sophie began suffering from bulimia nervosa. Sophie notes in an interview with The Windsor Star how she kept the disorder a secret from her family until she was in her early twenties, then deciding "c'est finis" and told her mother.
With the support of her family and therapy, Sophie was successfully able to overcome the eating disorder, and has gone on to speak about the affliction at conferences held by the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association and other organizations in hopes of helping other women and men who suffer from bulimia.
She is a legit success in her own right.
Don't let the glamour of Justin affect your perception of Sophie, the Prime Minister's wife is a success in her own right. Beginning her journalistic career in the humble position of a news ticker-writer, Sophie went on to become the Quebec correspondent of Etalk on CTV, while also doing segments on a variety of programs for TVA.
Not restricted to the medium of television, Sophie has also hosted a couple of radio shows, including the morning show on CKMF Radio and Coup de Pouce on Radio-Canada.
She is an introvert and enjoys time away from Justin and her family.
Despite being a television personality and the wife of the nation's most popular political figure, Sophie is most likely an introvert. In an interview with Women On The Fence, Sophie commented how she has "always been comfortable being alone," going on to explain that "even...if I am alone without my kids or husband, I don’t feel lonely." Given that introverts recharge their proverbial batteries when in solitude, it's pretty safe to argue she's an introverted lady.
She lets Justin have it when he's pulled a dumb move.
Back in 2011, Justin made some headlines after calling the current Environment Minister Peter Kent a "piece of sh*t" in the House of Commons. Even though Justin had an amazing defence for the comment (noting how he "called him something that was fundamentally biodegradable, compostable and good for the environment so he shouldn't be pissed) Sophie was having none of it.
Justin noted to The Star how his wife was “was unparliamentary in her language toward me for having slipped," and after calming down a bit basically gave Justin a cool "don't let it happen again," no doubt adding a "or else."
She thought they were "meant to be" but Justin rejected her at first!
About 13 years ago, a long time since Sophie had seen Justin IRL, she saw her future hubbie in the papers, and instantly felt she was meant to be with him. A year later, Justin and Sophie met at a charity event she was co-hosting, and "there was definitely a physical and emotional connection" as she told Women on the Fence.
But get this: when Sophie emailed him the next day, Justin never responded! Sophie paid him back in kind, though, because three months later the two randomly met on street, and while Justin apologized and asked for Sophie's number, the sassy lady turned the now-PM down. Basically, Sophie wanted Justin to work a little bit, a player-level move that totally paid off.
She is an active philanthropist that wants to help the needy.
Even though Sophie is a committed wife and mother, she still believes a portion of her time and energy should be spent helping those less fortunate around the world.
Recognizing her place in the public spotlight gives her the power to promote important issues, Sophie has been a representative for Plan Canada's "Because I Am A Girl" campaign, and worked with other like organizations including Girls for the Cure, the Canadian Cancer Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Women's Heart and Stroke Foundation.
She's a feminist, and thinks men should be too.
When speaking about her position as national ambassador for the Because I am a Girl campaign by Plan Canada, Sophie commented that the reason she took the position was to be "a part of raising awareness and addressing the issue of girls’ rights and to make sure that men are part of the equation as well."
She wishes that all moms could stay at home and have the time to raise their babies.
Although she is a feminist, Sophie doesn't seem to have "extreme" views and has no problem staying home to take care of the kids. "We live in a stress-fueled society and it's not so easy to do it all."
She wants to cut a music album
An esteemed flutist, Sophie has gone on the record stating that she would one day like to release her own music album. Can we expect a runaway pop-flute hit from the Prime Minister's wife sometime soon? Probably not, but God do we hope so.