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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, the son of popular former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, will announce his candidacy for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Even before he took office in 2008, he's been in the public eye.

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with his three sons (left to right), Sacha, Michel and Justin on May 11, 1979.Peter Bregg

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Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, his ex-wife Margaret Kemper and their son Justin Trudeau attend a memorial for Michel Trudeau in Montreal on Nov. 20, 1998. Justin's brother died in an avalanche in B.C.Andre Forget

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Justin and Sacha Trudeau watch as their father's remains are carried from the Notre Dame Basilica on Oct. 3, 2000.

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Justin Trudeau on his wedding day with Sophie Gregoire. He's driving his father's 1959 Mercedes 300 SEL in Montreal on May 28, 2005.Ryan Remiorz

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Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Paul Martin on Nov. 29, 2006, in Montreal.Adrian Wyld

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Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Jean Chrétien in Montreal on Dec. 1, 2006.Tom Hanson

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Sophie Gregoire and her husband celebrate him winning the Liberal nomination for the Montreal Riding of Papineau on April 29, 2007.Shaun Best

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Justin Trudeau and then-leader of the Liberals Stephane Dion in Montreal on Oct. 3, 2008.Christinne Muschi

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Justin Trudeau at his swearing in as a Member of Parliament on Nov. 6, 2008.Sean Kilpatrick

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Then-leader of the Liberals Michael Ignatieff and Justin Trudeau hold an online town hall in Ottawa on Feb. 10, 2010.Pawel Dwulit

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Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Justin Trudeau compete in a wheelchair relay race in Ottawa on May 12, 2010.Pawel Dwulit

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Justin Trudeau, right, sits with his daughter Ella-Grace and son Xavier as he waits to be introduced during the launch of his election campaign in the Papineau riding of Montreal April 3, 2011.Christinne Muschi

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Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in Ottawa on Dec. 14, 2011.Chris Wattie

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Justin Trudeau boxes with Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau on March 31, 2012.Chris Wattie

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After losing the boxing match to Justin Trudeau, Conservative Patrick Brazeau agreed to wear a Liberal jersey in the Senate on April 20, 2012.Adrian Wyld

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Justin Trudeau with interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, centre, and Lyall Curry at the Calgary Stampede on July 7, 2012.Jeff McIntosh

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Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire on the red carpet to see the movie Midnight's Children at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2012.Nathan Denette

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