Currently, Trudeau is President and Chief Producer at Jujufilms. He and girlfriend Zoë Bedos became the parents of a son, Pierre-Emmanuel Trudeau, on December 22, 2006, and a daughter, Gala Simone Trudeau, on December 24, 2008.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe is also a director of the Trudeau Foundation for excellence in social sciences and humanities research and innovation.
He was one of several children of former Prime Ministers who became Canadian media personalities between 1998 and 2001. The others were Ben Mulroney, Catherine Clark, and his own brother, Justin.
In the years following his father's death, Trudeau produced documentaries for Canadian television. Alexandre Trudeau attracted controversy in August 2006 for an article he penned praising Fidel Castro's Cuba.
In June 2005, Trudeau focused attention on what he said were the implications for civil liberties in the Canadian government's use of security certificates to detain indefinitely, without trial, suspected terrorists based on secret evidence.
More DetailsHide DetailsTrudeau offered to be a surety for Hassan Almrei, a Syrian refugee held in a Canadian jail for four years without any charges being laid. Trudeau's appearance in court in support of Almrei resulted in front page coverage in the Toronto Star and National Post and major media attention being given to the security certificate issue for the first time. Trudeau's efforts were chronicled in his documentary "Secure Freedom." Almrei was ordered released under house arrest by a Federal Court judge on January 2, 2009.
In 2003, he was one of the highest-profile Canadian journalists covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq, producing a documentary film for the CTV program W5, Embedded in Baghdad.
When Pierre Trudeau died in 2000, both Alexandre Trudeau and his older brother Justin Trudeau returned to the public eye.
More DetailsHide DetailsAlthough Alexandre was visibly more reserved and quiet than his brother, his heightened public profile brought new attention to his work as a journalist.
He graduated with a philosophy degree from McGill University in 1997.
More DetailsHide DetailsAt birth, he was given the nickname "Sasha" (the Russian diminutive of Alexander) in recognition of his father's love of Russian literature and culture. The name also is linked to former Soviet ambassador to Canada and family friend Alexander Yakovlev.
While attending McGill, Alexandre joined the Canadian Forces as a Reserve Entry Scheme Officer at the Royal Canadian Hussars reserve regiment in 1996.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe trained at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, but released voluntarily before completing his training as an armoured officer. Following graduation, he traveled to West Africa to produce his first documentary: Liberia, the Secret War (1998).
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