Yves-François Blanchet became the uncontested leader of the Bloc Québécois in 2019, after no qualified candidate entered the race to challenge the position. The Canadian-born politician who believes in an independent Quebec, has represented various ridings in the province since 2008, and was the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks for Parti Québécois. In his life before politics, Blanchet was most prominently a businessman in entertainment.
Ottawa-born Andrew Scheer has led the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition for two years. He entered politics at 25, in 2004 when he was elected to a riding in Regina. He was catapulted to a prominent position in the House of Commons as speaker when the Conservatives won a majority with Stephen Harper in 2011.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, and former lawyer who entered federal politics in 2006, after decades of activism dating back to the 1970s. May was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but has set records in Canada for being the longest-serving female leader and leader of a federal party the country has ever seen.
Justin Trudeau is the 23rd prime minister of Canada, and the second-youngest leader of the country. Trudeau is the first ever PM to be related to a former leader of the country, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. The Ottawa-born Trudeau, formerly a teacher, entered federal politics in 2008 when he was elected in his riding of Papineau. He was elected PM in 2015, and has led the Liberal party since 2013.
The Toronto-born politician has led the NDP since 2017, and is the first visible minority to lead a federal party in Canada. His leap into politics followed a career in criminal law where he acted as a defence lawyer for various firms. Jagmeet Singh was elected as an MP for Burnaby South in 2019.
Born in Saint-Georges, Quebec, Maxime Bernier is a former Canadian businessman, lawyer and politician who founded the People’s Party of Canada. Since 2005, Bernier served as a Conservative in the House of Commons and acted as a Minister of Industry, Foreign Affairs and State under Stephen Harper’s government. He founded the People’s Party in 2018 after deeming the Conservatives too ‘intellectually and morally corrupt’ to address important issues facing Canadians.