Skip To Content
    Posted on Oct. 14, 2015

    19 Of The Most Influential Canadians As Youngsters

    18 influencers and Rob Ford.

    1. Pierre Trudeau

    CBC Archives /

    Pierre at age 12.

    2. Justin Trudeau

    Library and Archives Canada / National Film Board fonds /
    Library and Archives Canada / National Film Board fonds/

    Justin at age 13.

    3. Mr. Dressup

    CBC News

    Young Ernie Coombs grew up in Maine before he became an official Canadian citizen in his 60s.

    4. Tom Mulcair

    Twitter: @thomasmulcair

    Mulcair as a twentysomething.

    5. Don Cherry

    Rochester Americas
    Toronto Maple Leafs /

    Cherry began playing for the Rochester Americans at age 26, which was a Leafs affiliate at the time, but he never officially suited up for Toronto.

    6. Wayne Gretzky

    Gretzky in his Hespeler minor jersey at 9 years old.

    7. Wilfrid Laurier

    Portraits of Laurier when he was 28.

    8. Stephen Harper

    Via Vintage Voter

    A young Harper with music ambitions at the time.

    9. Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Montgomery at age 10, and at age 23.

    10. Jean Chrétien

    Library and Archives Canada / Peter Hulbert / Vancouver Sun /
    Library and Archives Canada /

    Chrétien in his 30s.

    11. Chris Hadfield

    Dave Hadfield / / Evan Hadfield

    Hadfield at 15 (left) who became a young air cadet sergeant with his older brother Dave (right).

    12. Elizabeth May


    May as a young environmentalist and activist, and May in her 40s ending a hunger strike with a strawberry.

    13. George Stroumboulopoulos

    Strombo as a youngin', and at 22, pre MuchMusic.

    14. Margaret Atwood

    Library and Archives Canada /

    Atwood at 36.

    15. Lester Pearson

    As a baby being held by his father, and at 19.

    16. Emily Carr

    Carr's portraits from her Victoria, British Columbia home.

    17. Louis Riel

    Wikimedia Commons /

    The iconic photo of adult Riel, and at age 14 before his departure to Montreal in 1800.

    18. Sir John A. Macdonald

    Macdonald as a cutie patootie, and in his late 20s.

    19. And Rob Ford

    Ford living his best life since '69.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form