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Kim Cattrall gets mistaken billing as Justin Trudeau's mom in '60 Minutes' profile

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and actress Kim Cattrall, attend the Genie Awards in Toronto on March 12, 1981.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Gail Harvey
March 07, 2016 - 10:31 AM

TORONTO - Call it a "60 Minutes" oops moment.

The venerable CBS newsmagazine aired a profile piece on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday evening.

For the most part, it cast Canada's new leader in a glowing light ahead of his visit to Washington where on Thursday he'll be the honoured White House guest at a state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama.

But there was one noticeable gaffe in the "60 Minutes" piece that had some attentive Canadians taking to the Twittersphere.

They pointed out, in numerous tweets, that as the CBS reporter was talking about the prime minister's parents — Pierre and Margaret Trudeau — the show displayed an old photograph of Pierre Elliott on a date with actress Kim Cattrall in 1981.

There was no immediate comment from Trudeau, but Cattrall seemed to take it with a sense of humour, tweeting: "I have a son who is the Prime Minister of Canada? I couldn't b more proud."

A "60 Minutes" spokesman said the program regretted the error "on one of the several video and still images shown of Margaret Trudeau" and that it was corrected online Sunday night.

— With files from The Associated Press

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