The University of British Columbia congratulates Justin Trudeau, who earned a bachelor of education from UBC in 1998, on becoming Prime Minister of Canada today.
“It is not every day that a UBC alumnus achieves Canada’s highest office,” said Interim President Martha Piper. “As UBC celebrates its Centennial year, Mr. Trudeau’s accomplishment will serve as a prominent marker in the history of our university and count among the highest achievements of our more than 300,000 alumni.”
Trudeau is the first UBC graduate to be elected prime minister and joins fellow alumni prime ministers Kim Campbell (BA’69, LLB’83) and John Turner (BA’49) who were appointed upon securing their party leadership.
UBC would also like to congratulate alumna Jody Wilson-Raybould (LLB’99), who was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and all the other cabinet ministers appointed today.
“UBC looks forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet in the coming months and continuing the strong dialogue UBC has enjoyed with our partners in Ottawa,” said Piper.
UBC congratulates MPs of all parties who were elected to represent their fellow Canadians in the House of Commons. UBC also recognizes the thousands of civic-minded Canadians who let their names stand as candidates in the federal election.