Federal election a family affair for Trudeau, Duceppe, Mulcair

Report shows family connection for Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Gilles Duceppe

Though their political views may not align, Tom Mulcair is  tied by blood with Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

According to Ancestry.com, an online family history resource, the NDP leader is 10th cousins with the Bloc Quebecois leader and ninth cousins with the Liberal leader.

“Records can not only reveal interesting family ties, but they also help paint a picture of what Canada was like centuries ago, and how your ancestors fit into the story of our nation,” says Lesley Anderson, a family historian with Ancestry.

Mulcair and Duceppe are connected through their ninth great grandfather Marin Boucher who immigrated from France in the 17th century.

Ancestry revealed Mulcair’s connection with Trudeau in 2013. The leaders’ ties go back go back to their eighth great-grandparents.  The eighth great-grandmother Marie Miville’s father was one of the founding fathers of Quebec and the family was considered one of the largest to settle in Quebec.

This isn’t Mulcair’s only family tie in politics.  His third great-grandfather Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, was Quebec’s first Premier and was a Conservative.