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Our celebrity prime minister

By Ken Grafton       

Democracy requires a well-informed citizenry. The decline in higher-order thinking skills and increasing dependence upon internet-based media for information creates fertile ground for celebrity politics and the Trudeau brand.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in July waving to his party's candidates in Ottawa during a pre-election training session, owes his ascent to the cult of celebrity that he's been able to cultivate thanks to his deep political roots. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Nearly four years ago, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. He was the second youngest PM, and the first to be elected largely on the basis of celebrity value. 

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