For many Canadians, 2020 has been a lengthy and challenging year and tasked with guiding us through it was prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Throughout the year, he’s communicated with us via press conferences, media appearances and social sites and we’ve probably seen more of him than ever before.
As part of a photographic 2020 review, here’s 13 photos of Trudeau that show what a journey the last 12 months have been:
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It was a challenging start to the year for Canadians after Flight PS752 was shot down by Iran on January 8, after reportedly being mistaken for a "hostile target."
Many Canadians were among the 176 people who died.This photo shows the PM meeting with Canada’s Incident Response Group to discuss the investigation into what happened.
The prime minister almost created an all-out donut war when he purchased a box of goodies from a Winnipeg-based small business back on January 20.
Sharing this image on January 27, 2020, Trudeau confirmed that he’d met with officials to discuss how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and how to support Australia as it battled with devastating wildfires.
In the second week of March, Trudeau delivered the first of many COVID-19 press conferences. As a caption to this image at the time, he announced a $1 billion investment to “minimize the health, economic, and social impacts of the virus in Canada.”
By mid-March, like many Canadians, the prime minister was working from home. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, became one of the first people in Canada to test positive for COVID-19, which required the whole family to isolate for two weeks.
Shortly after, the term “social distancing” became a household phrase. From here, officials began urging people to stay two metres apart, wash their hands regularly and stay at home wherever possible.
Two days after the Nova Scotia tragedy on the night of April 18, Trudeau shared this image and offered his support to the friends and families of the 22 people who were killed. It became the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.
In July, the prime minister spoke via phone with then-president Donald Trump. The leaders discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and “the need to end systemic racism in all its forms,” as citizens across both countries protested against anti-Black racism and police impunity.
In September, the PM shared this photo of his children returning to school after an extra-lengthy summer break. He reminded Canada’s young people that “it’ll be a bit different this year, but remember you’ve still got what it takes to do great things.”
Towards the end of the same month, the Canadian government started to announce different COVID-19 vaccine deals with various companies. By November, more than 350 million of doses had been secured.
While Donald Trump continued to accuse the 2020 U.S. election of being a fraudulent process, Justin Trudeau publicly congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on November 7.
Days after Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the first doses arrived in the country. Trudeau posted this image and added, “This is good news. But our fight against COVID-19 is not over.”
After a difficult year, the PM and his family began preparing for the holidays in December. While Trudeau revealed celebrations in 2020 wouldn’t be the same without his mom, it’s likely that he’s looking forward to putting an end to this long and challenging year.
We’re with you on that one, prime minister!