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PUBLISHED: Oct 20, 2015 9:40pm

Canada’s new PM has Malaysian roots

Federal Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau takes part in the final leadership debate in Montreal, Quebec, March 23, 2013. The Liberals will vote for a new leader in April.  Christinne Muschi/Reuters


Malaysians on social networking sites are particularly taken up with Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's young age and looks. — Reuters file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20, 2015:

With social network being abuzz with comments on Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, checks on the Internet uncovered an old television series tracing his family background which then brought to light his ties with Malaysia.

Liberal Party’s Justin, who is the son of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau defeated conservative Stephen Harper, who led the country for close to a decade in the nation’s elections yesterday.

Among the interesting facts about Justin, apart from making it as a Prime Minister at the age of 43, is that he had roots that were traced back to Singapore and Malaysia.

Previously, in the television series Who Do You Think You Are, one episode was dedicated to finding the family history of Justin’s mother, Margaret.

It was revealed in the episode of the CBC television series that Margaret’s great-great-great grandmother was born to William Farquhar, among the early founders of Singapore.

In a description of what transpired in the episode, said that Farquhar’s wife was the daughter of a Malaysian woman and a French officer.

Farquhar’s daughter, Esther Bernard, then married Francis James Bernard in Singapore and went on to live there until her death at the age of 41.

However, no details were given on Esther’s grandmother, the Malaysian woman.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak acknowledged the nation’s new leader, tweeting, “Congrats to new Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau. I look forward to the strengthening of our bilateral relationship.”

Malaysians on social networking sites too are getting on board the hype, particularly with regard to Justin’s good looks and young age.

User @gmxn_ shared a picture of Justin, captioning it, “You are morally obligated to vote for a politician if he came to a rally looking like this.”

Another user @amadzlan82 wrote, “Hensem juga Perdana Menteri baru Canada ni.”



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