Canada PM lights up Internet explaining quantum computing


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  • Monday, 18 Apr 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at the Youville workshop of the Société des Transports de Montréal (STM), in Montreal, Quebec, on April 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Alice CHICHE

OTTAWA: He has impressed world leaders, has a growing army of fans – many female – and is even credited with driving up tourism to Canada. 

But photogenic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now displayed another gift even few of his most ardent supporters knew he had: a more than passable knowledge of quantum computing. 

The Internet was abuzz with gushing praise for the 44-year-old Trudeau after a journalist jokingly asked him on April 15 to explain quantum computing. 

But instead of looking puzzled and joining in with the joke, Trudeau set about giving a detailed answer that had experts at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario nodding approvingly and brought the packed audience to its feet. 

“Don’t interrupt me,” Trudeau said mischievously, a grin forming on his face, before launching seamlessly into his explanation, punctuated by giggles from the admiring audience and culminating in cheers and applause. 

“Don’t get me going on this or we’ll be here all day, trust me,” the Liberal leader concluded, to more laughs. 

Twitter lathered itself into a froth as footage of Trudeau’s answer went viral. 

“I love Justin Trudeau. I wanna be Canadian,” one user tweeted, while another wrote: “Hope I’m not falling into a mania... but Trudeau explaining quantum computing is pretty great.” — AFP

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