DAVOS, Switzerland — Of the many politicians attending this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was one in particular who stood out as the most popular world leader for millennials: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Since he was elected in October, Trudeau has become an international sensation. The internet has swooned over his dashing good looks. Feminists have praised his bold stances on gender equality and women’s reproductive health. He’s even been dubbed the next Barack Obama.
In Davos, Trudeau’s rockstar status was on full display. Everywhere he went, Trudeau was swarmed by hordes of reporters, alongside crowds of googly eyed young people clamoring to take a selfie with the prime minister at every turn.
On Wednesday, Trudeau delivered a keynote address to a packed general audience in which he painted Canadaas a dynamic country of innovation and opportunity. But it was during a closed-door session on Thursday with a room full of Global Shapers, a group of under-30 leaders from around the world, where Trudeau’s unique appeal with millennials became evident.
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