Prime Minister of Canada

Justin Trudeau

by follers on November 13, 2015

Birth Name: Justin Pierre James Trudeau

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: December 25, 1971

Ethnicity: French-Canadian (approximately 3/8ths), Scottish, English, distant Irish and Dutch, 1/256th Malaysian, 1/256th Indonesian

Justin Trudeau is a Canadian politician. He is the twenty third Prime Minister of Canada, having been sworn into office on November 4, 2015. He has been Leader of the Liberal Party, since April 14, 2013, and also serves as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth, as of November 4, 2015. He has been an MP for Papineau, Québec, since October 14, 2008.

His father, Pierre Trudeau (Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau), served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979, and again from 1980 to 1984. His mother, Margaret Joan (Sinclair), is a writer, actress, photographer, and television personality. He is married to television host Sophie Grégoire, and the couple has three children.

Prime Minister Trudeau is of approximately three eighths French-Canadian descent. His father was of French-Canadian, some Scottish, distant English, and likely distant Dutch, ancestry. Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandfather was a Scottish immigrant, while Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandmother was of mostly English and Scottish descent, along with a smaller amount of French, Dutch, and Irish roots, as well as 1/64th Malaysian, and 1/64th Indonesian, ancestry.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Étienne-Pierre Trudeau, who was born, c. 1641, in Sainte-Marguerite de Cogne, La Rochelle, Aunis, France. Étienne-Pierre moved to Montréal, Québec, Canada. The surname was spelled Truteau in the 1500s.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal five times great-grandmother, Antoinette Clement, was the daughter of a French father and an ethnic Malaysian mother, making Prime Minister Trudeau of 1/256th Malaysian descent. Another of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal five times great-grandmothers, Anna Francina Carels/Karels, was the daughter of a Dutch father and an ethnic Indonesian mother, making Prime Minister Trudeau of 1/256th Indonesian descent. As such, Prime Minister Trudeau is the first Prime Minister of Canada with documented non-European ancestry. Previous Prime Minister Paul Martin has been said to have distant Métis (First Nations) ancestry, although this has not evidently been verified. Prime Minister Trudeau’s mother traced her Malaysian roots on the CBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Charles-Émile Trudeau (the son of Joseph-Louis Trudeau and Marie/Marguerite Malvina Cardinal). Prime Minister Trudeau’s grandfather Joseph was born in Saint-Michel-de-Napierville, Québec. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandfather Joseph-Louis was the son of Louis Trudeau and Marie Louise Dupuis. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandmother Marie Cardinal was the daughter of Marc-Solime Rene Cardinal and Marguerite Surprenant. Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandfather was of French-Canadian descent, with distant English roots.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandmother was Grace Elliott (the daughter of Philippe/Phillip/Philip Armstrong Elliott/Elliot and Sarah Rebecca Sauvé). Prime Minister Trudeau’s paternal grandmother Grace was born in Montréal, Québec, and was of approximately one half French-Canadian descent, with her other roots being Scottish, and possibly distant Dutch. Philippe was the son of Edward Simon Elliott/Elliot and Amelia Morrisson/Morrison. Sarah was the daughter of Séraphin Francois Sauvé and Agnès Clark.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandfather was James Sinclair (the son of James George Sinclair and Betsy Ross). Prime Minister Trudeau’s grandfather James was born in Crossroads, The Grange, Banffshire, Scotland, and was a Canadian MP from 1940 to 1958, from British Columbia. Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandfather James was born in Caithness, Scotland, the son of James Sinclair and Isabella Taylor. Betsy was born in Ross Shire, Scotland, the daughter of Alexander Ross and Betty-Ann Munro.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandmother was Doris Kathleen Bernard (the daughter of Thomas Kirkpatrick Bernard and Rose Edith Ivens). Prime Minister Trudeau’s grandmother Doris was born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Macassar, Indonesia, the son of Charles Grant Bugden Bernard, who was born in Singapore, and of Annie Oliphant Cornelia Purvis, who was born in Batavia, Java, Indonesia. Prime Minister Trudeau’s great-grandfather Thomas was a descendant of William Farquhar (1774-1839), a Scottish-born colonial leader of Singapore, who worked for the East India Company.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s matrilineal great-grandmother Rose Edith Ivens was born in Virden, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Charles Howe Ivens, who was from Buckinghamshire, England, and of Julia Webb, who was also English.

Sources: Genealogies of Prime Minister Trudeau – http://www.geni.com
http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca
http://famouskin.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://www.perche-quebec.com

Genealogies of Prime Minister Trudeau’s father – http://www.francogene.com
http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal grandparents, James Sinclair and Doris Kathleen Bernard – http://www.thepeerage.com

Marriage record of Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Kirkpatrick Bernard and Rose Edith Ivens – https://familysearch.org

Prime Minister Trudeau’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Edith Ivens, on the 1906 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

Family history of Prime Minister Trudeau’s mother on Who Do You Think You Are?http://www.cbc.ca
https://web.archive.org

Mention of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Irish ancestry – https://blog.findmypast.co.uk

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Stephen Harper

by follers on December 17, 2014

2011 G8 Summit of Deauville - French President Nicolas Sarkozy Welcomes the Heads of States - May 26, 2011

Birth Name: Stephen Joseph Harper

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: April 30, 1959

Ethnicity: English, Scottish

Stephen Harper is a Canadian politician. A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, he served as the twenty second Prime Minister of Canada, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015.

Prime Minister Harper was Leader of the Canadian Alliance party, from March 20, 2002 to December 7, 2003, and Leader of the Conservative Party, from March 20, 2004 to October 19, 2015. He was an MP from Alberta, from October 25, 1993 to January 14, 1997, and again from June 28, 2002 to August 26, 2016, and Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, from May 21, 2002 to January 8, 2004, and again from March 20, 2004 to February 5, 2006.

Prime Minister Harper is married to Laureen (Teskey) Harper, with whom he has two children.

Prime Minister Harper has English and Scottish ancestry. Some of his ancestral lines are American, and date back to New England in the 1600s. His mother’s ancestry is more heavily Scottish than his father’s, and Prime Minister Harper’s matrilineal line traces back to Scotland (specifically to Catherine Derby, who was born, c. 1834, in Scotland).

Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Kim Campbell are the only Protestants to have served as Prime Minister of Canada since Lester B. Pearson in 1968 (all other Canadian Prime Ministers since have been Catholic).

Prime Minister Harper’s paternal grandfather was Harris Chapman Harper (the son of Joseph Crandal/Crandall Harper and Agatha Blanche Chapman). Harris was born in Port Elgin, Westmorland County, New Brunswick. Joseph was the son of Joseph Crandall Harper and Susan Crane. Agatha was the daughter of Harris/Harrison Tingley Chapman and Eliza/Elizabeth Jane Rayworth.

Prime Minister Harper’s paternal grandmother was Lena Faye Coy (the daughter of George William Coy, Jr. and Josephine Rebecca Jones). Lena was born in Upper Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick. George was the son of George William Deacon Coy and Mary Jane Estabrooks. Josephine was the daughter of Malcolm Jones and Celia Jane Stiles. One of Prime Minister Harper’s grandmother’s lines traces back to Robert Titus and Hannah Carter.

Prime Minister Harper’s maternal grandfather was Rupert Fullerton Johnston (the son of Robert Johnston and Margaret “Maggie” Henderson). Rupert was born in Bentinck Township, Grey County, Ontario. Robert was the son of Edwin Johnston and Jane Shea. Margaret was the daughter of George Henderson and Ellen Fullerton.

Prime Minister Harper’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Jane Herd (the daughter of Alexander Herd and Margaret Geddes). Catherine was born in Bentinck Township. Alexander was the son of English parents, William Herd and Sarah Ann Sumpton. Margaret was the daughter of Scottish parents, Thomas Geddes and Catherine Derby.

Sources: Genealogy of Prime Minister Stephen Harper (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Notes on Prime Minister Harper’s genealogy (focusing on his father’s side) – http://heritage.tantramar.com

Genealogy of Prime Minister Harper’s father, Joseph Harris Harper – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Notes on Prime Minister Harper’s genealogy (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://boards.ancestry.ca

Genealogy of Prime Minister Harper’s matrilineal great-grandmother, Margaret Geddes (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Paul Martin

by Manila on November 15, 2014

Birth Name: Paul Edgar Philippe Martin

Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 28, 1938

Ethnicity:
*French-Canadian, Irish, remote Scottish (father)
*Cornish, English, Irish, Scottish (mother)

Paul Martin is a Canadian politician. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, he served as the twenty first Prime Minister of Canada, from December 12, 2003 to February 6, 2006.

Prime Minister Martin was previously Minister of Finance, from November 4, 1993 to June 2, 2002, Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec, from November 4, 1993 to January 24, 1996, and Leader of the Liberal Party, from November 14, 2003 to March 19, 2006. He was an MP for LaSalle—Émard, Québec, from November 21, 1988 to October 14, 2008.

Prime Minister Martin is the son of Eleanor Alice “Nelly” (Adams) and politician Paul Joseph James Martin. He is married to Sheila (Cowan), with whom he has three children.

Prime Minister Martin is sometimes stated as having some degree of Métis (First Nations) ancestry, on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this Métis ancestry has been verified/documented.

Prime Minister Martin’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Philippe Martin (the son of James Martin and Louise Emma Lemaire). James was born in County Mayo, Ireland, the son of James Martin and Bridgit/Brigite Brady. Emma was French-Canadian, and was the daughter of Félix Hyacinthe Lemaire and Luce Arthémise Barcelo/Barsalou.

Prime Minister Martin’s paternal grandmother was Lumina Chouinard (the daughter of Guillaume Charles Pierre Chouinard and Marie-Albina Philion/Filion). Lumina was born in Ottawa, Ontario. Guillaume was the son of Guillaume Chouinard and Melina Marie-Ermina/Elmina Marier. Albina was the daughter of Alexis Alexandre Philion and Françoise Gosselin.

Prime Minister Martin’s maternal grandfather was Edgar Llewelyn Adams (the son of Adam Adams and Rosaline McKinney). Adam was an English immigrant, of Cornish and English descent. He was the son of Thomas Adams and Sarah Sayers. Rosaline was the daughter of Amos Bunnell McKinney and Elizabeth.

Prime Minister Martin’s maternal grandmother was Mary Amelia McManamy (the daughter of John Joseph McManamy and Mary Collins). John was born in County Sligo, Ireland, the son of Patrick McManamy and Bridget Clark.

Sources: Genealogies of Paul Martin – http://www.geni.com
http://www.francogene.com

Genealogy of Paul Martin (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.nosorigines.qc.ca

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Jean Chrétien

by Manila on October 15, 2014

Birth Name: Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien

Place of Birth: Shawinigan, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: January 11, 1934

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, as well as distant English

Jean Chrétien is a Canadian statesman and politician. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, he served as the twentieth Prime Minister of Canada, for over ten years, from November 4, 1993 to December 12, 2003.

Prime Minister Chrétien was previously the 2nd Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, from July 5, 1968 to August 7, 1974, the 3rd President of the Treasury Board, from August 8, 1974 to September 13, 1976, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, from June 30, 1984 to September 17, 1984, and Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, from December 21, 1990 to November 4, 1993, among many portfolios. He was an MP from Québec, from April 8, 1963 to February 27, 1986, from New Brunswick, from December 10, 1990 to October 25, 1993, and from Québec again, from October 25, 1993 to December 12, 2003.

Prime Minister Chrétien is the son of Willie Chrétien and Marie Boisvert. He is married to Aline (Chaîné), with whom he has three children.

Prime Minister Chrétien’s paternal grandfather was François Chrétien, Jr. (the son of François Chrétien, Sr. and Elizabeth/Elisabeth Blais). Prime Minister Chrétien’s grandfather François was born in Maskinongé, Québec. Prime Minister Chrétien’s great-grandfather François was the son of François-Régis Chrétien and Marie-Louise Marcotte. Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Blais and Marie Boisvert.

Prime Minister Chrétien’s paternal grandmother was Olivine Laforme (the daughter of Godfroi/Godefroy Laforme and Aurélie Garceau). Godfroi was the son of François Laforme dit Perron and Judith-Angélique Lemay dit Poudrier. Aurélie was the daughter of François Charles Garceau and Charlotte Boisvert.

Prime Minister Chrétien’s maternal grandfather was Philippe Boisvert (the son of Pierre Boisvert and Philomène Bourassa). Pierre was the son of Joseph Boisvert dit Denevers and Marguerite Corriveau. Philomène was the daughter of Frédéric Bourassa and Julie St. Pierre. Julie’s mother, Hannah England, was of English or part English descent.

Prime Minister Chrétien’s maternal grandmother was Agnès Gélinas (the daughter of Antoine Gélinas, Jr. and Elzire Gélinas). Agnès was born in Yamachiche. Antoine and Elzire were both born with the same surname. Antoine was the son of Antoine Gélinas and Josephte Lamy. Elzire was the daughter of François Gélinas and Amélie/Emelie Lavergne.

Sources: Genealogies of Jean Chrétien – http://www.geni.com
http://www.francogene.com
https://www.nosorigines.qc.ca

Genealogy of Prime Minister Chrétien (focusing on his father’s side) – https://gw.geneanet.org

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Kim Campbell

by follers on September 17, 2014

Birth Name: Avril Phædra Douglas Campbell

Place of Birth: Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: March 10, 1947

Ethnicity: Scottish, small amount of English

Kim Campbell is a Canadian politician, lawyer, university professor, diplomat, and writer. A member of the Progressive Conservative Party, she served as the nineteenth Prime Minister of Canada, from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993. As such, she is Canada’s first (and thus far, only) female Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Campbell also served as Minister of Justice, from February 23, 1990 to January 3, 1993, and, simultaneously, as Minister responsible for Federal-Provincial Relations, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Minister of National Defence, all from January 4, 1993, to June 25, 1993. She was Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, from June 13, 1993 to December 14, 1993. She was an MP from British Columbia, from September 24, 1986 to October 25, 1993.

Prime Minister Campbell is the daughter of Phyllis “Lisa” Margaret (Cook) and George Thomas Campbell, a barrister. Prime Minister Campbell is married to pianist, actor, and playwright Hershey Felder. She was previously married to mathematician Nathan Divinsky and lawyer Howard Eddy.

Three of Prime Minister Campbell’s grandparents were Scottish. Her maternal grandfather was born in Canada, of Scottish, and some English, descent.

Prime Minister Campbell and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are the only Protestants to have served as Prime Minister of Canada since Lester B. Pearson in 1968 (all other Canadian Prime Ministers since have been Catholic).

Prime Minister Campbell’s paternal grandfather was named George T. Campbell. George was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Prime Minister Campbell’s paternal grandmother was named Emma. Emma was born in Glasgow.

Prime Minister Campbell’s maternal grandfather was Carlyle Edward Cook (the son of Ezra Stevens Cook and Louise Mary McCutcheon). Carlyle was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, of Scottish, and some English, descent.

Prime Minister Campbell’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Hill Gardiner (the daughter of Jeremiah Augustus Hill Gardiner and Grace Graham). Elizabeth was Scottish.

Sources: Genealogies of Kim Campbell (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.everywhereacookcooke.com
https://www.geni.com

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