The Decision-Makers

Justin Trudeau

Prime minister/Canada

For designing a humane refugee policy.

Justin Trudeau

During his campaign for Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau vowed to boost the number of Syrian refugees the country would resettle. Now in office, Trudeau has delivered on that promise: As of October, Canada had taken in more than 30,000 refugees. That’s nearly three times as many as the United States has accepted over a similar period. Resettlement remains fraught—advocates and politicians have warned that some new residents might depend on public welfare indefinitely—but the Canadian leader has set an example for a humane North American response to Syria’s mass displacement. The policy, Trudeau said in March, “does right by both the safety of Canadians and by the values that define us as a nation.” (Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Trudeau used to teach French and drama to high school students.

At a 1972 state dinner, U.S. President Richard Nixon toasted the infant son of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, saying, “The future prime minister of Canada.”