Sarah Elizabeth Coyne

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Sarah Elizabeth Coyne is Canadian citizen, and student of Economics at the Wharton School, in Pennsylvania.[1] Both her parents were Canadian Constitutional scholars. Her mother Deborah Coyne played a key role in Canada's Meech Lake Accords. Her father was Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada who repatriated Canada's Constitution.[2]

According to a 2010 profile in the Hamilton Spectator Coyne has generally lived a quiet, private life, with the exception of publicly helping her mother run for a seat in the Parliament of Canada.[1] Coyne attended University of Toronto Schools.

The Spectator reported that Coyne had had little contact with her older half-brothers, who were the born by Margaret Trudeau.[1] The Spectator reported that seven-year-old Coyne was embraced by both former President Jimmy Carter and Cuban President Fidel Castro, at her father's funeral. The Spectator reported that she was not mentioned in the eulogy her half-brother Justin Trudeau delivered at her father's funeral.

Her mother Deborah Coyne put her name forward as a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in June 2012, and her half-brother Justin Trudeau put his name forward in September 2012.[3]

Coyne has a younger half-brother, Matthew, from her mother's marriage to Globe and Mail columnist Michael Valpy.[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brett Popplewell. Pierre Trudeau's daughter, Sarah, lives under the radar, Hamilton Spectator, 2010-11-24. “To passersby she's just another sophomore at one of the world's most prestigious business schools. To those who know her on campus, she's not Canadian royalty but the sporty outgoing sorority girl who carries her weight in a backpack filled with economics text books.”
  2. Michael T. Kaufman. Pierre Trudeau Is Dead at 80; Dashing Fighter for Canada, New York Times, 2000-09-29. “He was close to his surviving sons and until his last illness frequently visited his daughter by Miss Coyne, the lawyer, whom he had first met professionally. The girl was born when Mr. Trudeau was 71.”
  3. Joan Bryden. Justin not only potential Trudeau connection in Liberal leadership race, Global TV, 2012-06-27. “Nor, Coyne maintains, will it make for uncomfortable half-sibling relations. Daughter Sarah is "very supportive of me and interested in what I'm doing," but she's heading into her final undergraduate year at an American university and won't be involved in the leadership campaign.”
  4. Georgie Binks. The IPO of Deborah Coyne, National Post, 2005-11-19. “Coyne also shuns any questions about her children, Sarah, 14, (with Trudeau) and Matthew, 9, (from her marriage to journalist Michael Valpy, from whom she is now divorced.) I have not seen either in probably five years and all I can say is that they are sweet, affectionate children, both smart like their mother, who dotes on them.”