Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Fights Tears Following Belleville Cop's Gift of Father's Famous Photo

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Fights Tears Following Belleville Cop's Gift of Father's Famous Photo

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Famous photo leaves Trudeau dabbing tears

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. - It's a familiar old photograph, but it can still move Justin Trudeau to tears.

The famous shot -- Pierre Trudeau toting his young son like a football while an RCMP officer snaps a crisp salute at the prime minister -- was too much for the Liberal leadership hopeful during a campaign stop Thursday in Belleville, Ont.

Trudeau the younger was presented the framed 1973 photo by none other than Belleville Const. Jeff Ling, whose father, a member of the prime minister's security detail, was the police officer in the picture.

The moment was captured on video by the campus news organization at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont., shortly after the front-running leadership contender wrapped up remarks to journalism students.

Ling told Trudeau their fathers spent a lot of time together, including sitting in a hospital waiting room on Christmas Day 1971, the day Justin was born.

"Operation Newborn, I think we called it, when Dad was gone for Christmas," Ling said as Trudeau wiped away tears. …

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