They go back eight generations
Hey, we\'re cousins!
They are descendants of one of the oldest families in New France.
Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair are connected by their eighth grandparents Mathieu Amiot and Marie Miville which makes them ninth cousins, says Ancestry.ca a major genealogical investigations firm.
Amiot and Miville and were married in 1650. That's not long after Samuel de Champlain, who died in 1635.
Ancestry.ca says Mathieu Amiot was born in the late 1620s and worked as an interpreter for the Jesuits.
When Amiot married Marie Miville, born in 1632, it brought him a property dowry in Quebec City, making him well off, says the Ancestry.ca genealogy site.
When Mulcair, who also has a strain of Irish parentage, was informed Thursday that he has family ties to Trudeau dating back to New France, he broke into laughter.
A Globe and Mail reporter spoke to Mulcair by phone in Europe, where he was attending a conference with other social democrats.
"I'm sure Mr. Trudeau is proud to be associated with me," he said, laughing.
"There is a phrase in Quebec:" All Quebecers are cousins. I think this is the ultimate proof. "
There is another saying in Quebec: "You do not choose your family, it is imposed on you. "