Nixon Predicted Trudeau's Rise 43 Years Ago

He toasted Canada's new PM as an infant
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2015 3:44 AM CDT
Nixon Predicted Election Result 43 Years Ago
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gestures on stage at the Liberal party headquarters in Montreal, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015.    (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Richard Nixon predicted the result of Monday's Canadian election 43 years in advance with accuracy that would be spooky if he hadn't been talking about the prime minister's baby son. "I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau," Nixon said at a state dinner in Ottawa in 1972, when the just-elected PM was just four months old, the CBC reports. "I hope he has the grace and skill of the president," then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau replied. The younger Trudeau won a huge victory in Monday's election on a platform that included taking in more Syrian refugees, boosting infrastructure spending, and legalizing marijuana, the BBC reports. (More Richard Nixon stories.)

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