But he emailed her that night, and later they agreed to go on their first date—to an Afghan restaurant. “And he kept explaining for 30 minutes, ‘Sophie, Sophie, I never do this.’ ” If you ask Trudeau what it was about Grégoire, it’s clear he’s given this some heavy consideration. “I looked at her,” says Trudeau, “and I just felt this strength and peace come over me.” He is now carefully enunciating each syllable. It’s been 32 years and I was beginning to think you would never show up. “We both burst into tears because we’re both such big sensitive souls,” he says.
(She insisted that he take her to a place he’d never taken anyone before, he recalls, still bemused by her moxie.) After a romantic dinner, it was off to a dingy karaoke bar to sing Elton John and Beatles tunes at each other in a private booth. “First of all,” he says, “you’ve seen the pictures. But there’s this sweetness to her and a realness, with this edge of an intelligence that is very, very strong and anchored in some values that are unassailable.” That night, the couple ended up back at Justin’s apartment, sitting on the couch and talking for hours. “Big tender hearts.” As Grégoire will tell you, becoming Justin Trudeau’s girlfriend involves a bit of a lifestyle adjustment.
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This story, which follows Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire’s courtship and wedding, was originally published in Maclean’s magazine in 2005.
We don’t cultivate Kennedys or Windsors—and you don’t see us tripping over ourselves every time a prime minister’s offspring passes his bar exam.
But if, hypothetically, we were to design a quintessentially Canadian prince, he’d probably look something like Justin Trudeau, the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau, the country’s first and only pop-star prime minister.
This time it is joyful, so we’re all savouring the fact that we’re here to celebrate such happiness in our family.” As crowds and camera crews gathered outside the Sainte-Madeleine d’Outremont church, the bride donned her dress in the penthouse suite of Hotel Le St-James, a posh boutique establishment in Old Montreal.
She made her entrance to cheers and applause, and some of the bridesmaids started to cry.
The company said its revenues will increase by £400million after overseas dollar sales are translated back into pounds.“For me, the guest list was either going to be under 200 or over 1,000—and there was no way it was going to be 1,000.” They also wanted it to be traditional, but not too traditional. “We laughed, we joked and there was a definite chemistry between us,” says Trudeau, a former teacher who has recently made a career of speaking on youth and environmental issues. I didn’t delete it, I just decided, ‘No, I’m better off not starting anything that I’m not willing to go through with.’ ” At this point, Grégoire was unimpressed with our Canadian prince.“And I sort of realized, okay, this is someone I have to take seriously.” But it was summer in Montreal and he was in a “very socially active phase” at that time, as he puts it, and wasn’t ready to take anyone seriously. “I was kind of like, ‘Okay, he has no class.’ I mean, yes, I did think Justin was cute; but the email was really just a note from one professional to another.” Then, at the end of the summer, they bumped into each other on the street.They always have a super story to tell us concerning his dad or when he was young and I’m always interested to get to know stories about Justin and his family.” Much of their leisure time is spent indulging a shared enthusiasm for extreme sports. “I remember him being as if he was part of the group of kids, laughing and goofing around.”) On that fall day, they went to the family tomb in Saint-Remi-de-Napierville to pay their respects.Then a radical change of pace: Trudeau took Grégoire to Hotel Le St-James for his-and-hers spa treatments. “It was wonderful.” When they came out, their clothes were gone—all part of a master plan.Shares were up two per cent to 912.75p following the trading update this morning.