The idealism of public service and the reality of governing were at the heart of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Feb. 7 address at the University of Chicago.
Speaking to a packed Mandel Hall as part of the Institute of Politics’ fifth anniversary celebration, Trudeau struck a balance between political optimism and the challenges facing the United States and Canada.
The event marked Trudeau’s first official visit to Chicago, the start of a four-day tour of the United States to discuss the importance of public service and how it can strengthen economic and political ties between Canada and the U.S.
It wasn’t a straight path to politics for Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. “When I was a kid, I wasn’t particularly interested in politics,” said Trudeau, who started his career as a teacher.