With the swearing in of one Canada’s youngest elected Prime Ministers, it’s only natural to wonder how he compares to the world’s other young leaders
As it turns out, he’s not the only young gun on the international scene.
Even more interesting, he’s not the first leader of a democracy to take office in his 43rd year.
But he not’s the youngest Canadian leader either. That accolade goes to Joe Clark, who ousted PM Trudeau’s own father in 1979, winning a minority Progressive Conservative government and ending over 15 years of Liberal rule. At the time, Clark was the tender age of 39 .
Clark took office the day before his 40th birthday
But due to a minority government which was defeated in a motion of non-confidence, he only held the title for nine months.
He eventually lost the leadership of the party in 1983 , then became a senior cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet in 1984.
Clark stayed in politics off and on for the next 20 years.
The youngest U.S. President was Theodore Roosevelt, taking office just shy of his 43rd birthday in 1901
In 1901, Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th and youngest President in the Nation’s history after the assassination of President William McKinley.
As with other young leaders, he was known for leading progressive reforms during his 8 year term.
Bill Clinton took office at 46-years-old.
Possibly best known for his explosive affair with White House intern Monica Lewinski, Clinton served two terms beginning in 1993.
According to his White House President’s biography, during Clinton’s administration, “the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history. “
Current President Barack Obama entered the Oval Office when he was forty-seven-old and still relatively free of grey hairs
The 44th President of the United States, he became the first African-American to hold office in that country.
Elected in 2008, President Obama is currently serving his second and final term, which ends in 2017.
John F. Kennedy was also 43-years-old when he became President in 1961
This made him the youngest man elected to office.
Only two years later, he was assassinated as he rode in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
In Great Britain Tony Blair also became Prime Minister when he was 43-years-old
He held the title for a solid ten years from 1997-2007. According to a BBC biography, Blair:
“attempted to promote a youthful, modern image of Britain symbolised by BritPop, BritArt and the Millennium Dome. Some of his policies were genuinely radical, especially the constitutional reforms that delivered a measure of self-government to Wales and Scotland.”
Current Prime Minister David Cameron was also 43-years-old when he became leader of the United Kingdom
One of the longest serving Conservative leaders in history, Cameron is considered a revolutionary leader of Britain’s Conservative Party.
Since being elected in 2010, he’s tried to modernize the party and lose some of it’s right-wing image.
In May 2015, Cameron was re-elected Prime Minister with a majority in the Commons, surprising pollsters and pundits alike.
In 2014, Matteo Renzi became Italy’s youngest Prime Minister ever, taking office at the age of thirty-nine
Known as “The Scrapper”, Renzi has focused on reform, including overhauling the electoral system with a form of proportional representation,and overhauling the Senate.
Both things that Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to accomplish here in Canada.