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Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair are cousins, reveals

Posted 11 April 2013
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Perhaps portending a future Centre-Left Coalition on Parliament Hill, family history experts at, Canada's leading family history resource, have discovered that Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party of Canada leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau are related through shared French-Canadian ancestors.

Trudeau - running for leader of the Liberal Party at this weekend's convention - and Mulcair - the official leader of the Opposition - share a family connection that goes back 400 years to their shared eighth great-grandparents Mathieu Amiot and Marie Miville. The politicians are ninth cousins.

Amiot and Milville lived in Quebec in the 1600s. They were married in 1650 and were among some of Quebec's earliest settler families.

Amiot was born in the late 1620s and worked as an interpreter for the Jesuits. When he married Marie, who was born in 1632, her dowry brought him property in the town of Québec, making him a very successful landowner.

"It's always fun to find a family connection between two people who are closely tied through their work, but it becomes even more interesting when they are rivals, whether in business or politics," said Lesley Anderson, a family historian and content specialist with "It's amazing to think that a marriage that took place almost 400 years ago could produce two of the three major political players of a country that didn't formally exist when the marriage took place. I think they would have been proud of their legacy."

This isn't the first time has uncovered a connection between two political rivals. In 2011, revealed that Ontario's then-provincial election rivals Tim Hudak and Dalton McGuinty are tenth cousins, also through French Canadian roots.

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