Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife announce their separation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, announced their separation after 18 years of marriage.

Announcement details: The Trudeaus have signed a legal separation agreement following “many meaningful and difficult conversations.”
* The couple, who were married in 2005, have three children: 15-year-old Xavier, 14-year-old Ella-Grace, and 9-year-old Hadrien.
* Trudeau, a two-term prime minister since 2015, will continue to live in Ottawa’s Rideau Cottage, as will the children.
* Sophie Trudeau has moved to a separate Ottawa home but will spend time at Rideau Cottage occasionally.

Response and impact: The announcement has surprised many, though Sophie Trudeau has played a less visible role in recent years.
* She rarely travels with the prime minister on his official trips.
* The couple last appeared publicly together at Canada Day events in Ottawa last month.
* Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, suggests that the separation might influence Trudeau’s political future.

Historical context: Trudeau is the second Canadian prime minister to announce a separation while in office.
* His parents, Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, separated in 1979 and divorced in 1984 during Pierre Trudeau’s tenure as prime minister.

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