Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party swept the Canadian elections on Monday night, bringing an unexpected end to the nine-year tenure of outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Trudeau belongs to one of Canada’s famed political families; his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, served as the country’s 15th Prime Minister. But Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire, cuts somewhat of an unusual figure on the political scene. The mother of three has worked as a personal shopper, a yoga instructor, and a television host for an entertainment program — not exactly the sort of background that is commonly found among leading party figures. (As The Globe and Mail once put it, Grégoire comes across more “New Age healer than a risk-averse political partner”). Grégoire has also been refreshingly candid about her struggles with bulimia, which began when she was 17 and extended into her 20s. She now partners with Clinique BACA, a French-Canadian organization that seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders. Women’s health and gender equity seem to be high on Grégoire’s list of causes to champion; she has also worked with Because I Am a Girl, Girls for the Cure, and the Women’s Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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