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Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire celebrated the birth of their first child yesterday, on what would also have been former prime minister Pierre Trudeau's 88th birthday.

Xavier James Trudeau bounced into the world shortly after midnight, weighing nine pounds, two ounces.

Pierre Trudeau was born Oct. 18, 1919. He died in 2000.

Friends of the couple say the new mother is doing well and Justin Trudeau is overjoyed.

Mr. Trudeau is the Liberal candidate in the Montreal-area Papineau riding for the next federal election.

He is also uncle to his brother Alexandre's first child, Pierre-Émmanuel Trudeau, who was born on Dec. 22, 2006.