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Justin Trudeau to be sworn in as Canada's new PM

In this file photo of October 20, 2015, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau speaks to supporters at a rally in Ottawa, Ontario. Mr. Trudeau will be sworn in on Wednesday as Prime Minister, the position long held by his late father Pierre Trudeau, as Canada begins a new era of Liberal leadership after Conservative Stephen Harper’s near-decade in power.  

Justin Trudeau will be sworn in Wednesday as Prime Minister the position long held by his late father Pierre Trudeau as Canada begins a new era of Liberal leadership after Conservative Stephen Harper’s near-decade in power.

Mr. Trudeau and his Cabinet will officially take office at the ceremony Wednesday morning at 10-30 a.m. (1530 GMT).

Charisma comparable to JFK

Pierre Trudeau swept to office in 1968 on a wave of support dubbed “Trudeaumania” and was Prime Minister until 1984 with a short interruption and remains one of the few Canadian politicians known in America, his charisma often drawing comparisons to John F. Kennedy.

Mr. Justin Trudeau channels the star power of his father. Tall and trim, he is a former school teacher and member of Parliament since 2008. At 43, he becomes the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history.

Better ties with U.S.

Mr. Trudeau’s victory should improve Canada’s ties with the United States. Mr. Harper was angered by U.S. President Barack Obama’s reluctance to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas and it damaged relations. Although Mr. Trudeau supports the pipeline, he argues relations should not hinge on the project.

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