Justin Trudeau elected prime minister of Canada

Justin Trudeau has fulfilled the great expectations he was born into, following in the footsteps of his storied father to become Canada's next prime minister.

Now, he has the chance to restore the late Pierre Trudeau's Liberal legacy, which has been under siege during 10 years of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party won a resounding victory in Monday's election, gaining an outright parliamentary majority.

More than 40 years ago, no less than the most powerful man on the planet predicted the younger Trudeau's destiny.

"Tonight we'll dispense with the formalities. I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau," Richard Nixon said during a state dinner in Ottawa hosted by Pierre Trudeau in 1972. (AP)

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