Eldest son of late Canadian leader Pierre Trudeau to run for leadership of Liberal Party

The eldest son of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau says he'll run for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Justin Trudeau, 40, a charismatic member of Parliament since 2008, has long been expected to run for the leadership of a party that dominated Canada for much of the last century but was regulated to third-party status in the last election.

Pierre Trudeau, who died at age 80 in 2000, was prime minister for almost all of a 16-year stretch from 1968-84. Sweeping to power on a wave of support nicknamed "Trudeaumania," Trudeau had a charisma reminiscent of another young, dashing politician who had captivated the U.S. eight years earlier — former President John F. Kennedy.

Trudeau's sophisticated, sometimes irreverent style fascinated and captivated his country.