Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the White House later this week for an official visit, complete with a state dinner.
The historic meeting will make him the first sitting PM in decades feted with such an event.
On the eve of that meeting, he is also being introduced to Americans as a “scion of Canadian political royalty” in a wide ranging interview with Lara Logan on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
The 14 minute segment covers his rise to the helm of the federal Liberal Party and breakthrough win in October’s federal election – along with his unlikely route to power and decision to become a teacher.
It also delves into his family background, touching on his uncomfortable relationship with his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and his struggle to step out of the former PM’s shadow.
“I’m proud to be his son and I don’t mind that people remember that… But one of the things that comes with that is with having lived all my life with people who would critcize me without knowing me because they didn’t know my father, or people who loved me without knowing me because they loved my father.”
The interview also touches on perhaps the most bizarre part of Trudeau’s political legacy, and certainly the most theatrical: his boxing match with former senator Patrick Brazeu.
With Washingon on the agenda, the interview also covers some political ground, notably Trudeau’s decision to pull Canada’s CF 18’s from the fight against ISIS, telling Logan “There are other things that Canada actually does better than other countries. And one of them is training people on the ground.”
The PM also no doubt raised a few eyebrows with his comments on Canada’s view of the U.S…
“It might be nice if they paid a little more attention to the world. So having a little more of an awareness of what’s going on in the rest of the world I think is what many Canadians would hope for Americans. Because you can’t be Canadian without being aware of at least one other country, the United States.”
WATCH: Justin Trudeau on 60 Minutes
There was however, at least one cringeworthy moment, when the program misidentified Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, in a photo while discussing her mental illness.
The woman in the photo is in fact Sex in the City star Kim Cattrall… who wasted no time going online to comment.
Expats of the future?
The Cattrall gaffe wasn’t the only aspect of the interview to stir up online response.
With Donald Trump’s strong presidential campaign fomenting a new round of liberal threats to “move to Canada,” Twitter was alive with would-be exiles contemplating life under a new leader.
@dela_2012 We just watched the Trudeau piece on 60 Minutes and now Bonnie’s ready to move to Canada
— Steve (@sebenway) March 7, 2016
— Liz H. (@Gothama1) March 7, 2016
With files from Matt Lee