Above photo (cropped from original): One of the most famous photographs of Pierre Trudeau with his son, Justin, was taken by Rod MacIvor in 1973. “It was the final day of the Commonwealth Conference in Ottawa and the media were invited to the final event … a garden party at 24 Sussex Dr.,” MacIvor recalls. “Ottawa was my bureau for (wire service) UPI, and I was delegated to work the event, which was the last thing I wanted to do. As it turned out, when Trudeau arrived and threw Justin under his arm, the salute happened and I was immediately rejuvenated knowing full well that I had a winning image! The Ottawa Citizen used it on the front page the next day, and it went on to win the National Newspaper Award for best Feature photo of 1973.” In later years, Justin Trudeau was moved to tears when he was presented with the image.
Some of the best-known images of Pierre Trudeau were captured by award-winning Ottawa photojournalist Rod MacIvor, who covered the Trudeau family for a decade (he even gave Margaret Trudeau photography lessons). Here, as Trudeaumania sweeps the country again, MacIvor shares five of his favourite photographs of a young Justin Trudeau, the boy who went on to follow in his father’s footsteps and become our 23rd Prime Minister.