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Former Prime Minister of Canada

Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau (October 18, 1919—September 28, 2000) was the fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968, to June 3, 1979, and from March 3, 1980, to June 30, 1984.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Pierre Trudeau was a flamboyant and charismatic intellectual. He attended Harvard University and the London School of Economics. A clever (some would say "cunning") politician, he led Canada through some of its most tumultuous times. He was often controversial.



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He wore sandals in the House of Commons, dated celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Kim Cattrall, Liona Boyd, and Margot Kidder, occasionally used obscenities to insult his opponents, and once did a pirouette behind the back of Queen Elizabeth II. As prime minister, he patriated the Canadian Constitution from the British Parliament to Canada and incorporated in it the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
 
1965, Pierre Trudeau

As justice minister Pierre Trudeau was responsible for removing laws against homosexuality from the Criminal Code of Canada, famously remarking, "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation." He also liberalized divorce laws and clashed with Quebec premier Daniel Johnson, Sr., during constitutional negotiations.

At the end of Canada's centennial year in 1967, Prime Minister Pearson announced his intention to step down. Trudeau was persuaded to run for the Liberal leadership and ran an energetic campaign that mobilized and inspired many youths who had been influenced by the 1960s counterculture and saw Trudeau as a signifier of generational change.
 
1970, Pierre Elliot Trudeau

At the April 1968 Liberal leadership convention Trudeau emerged victorious on the final ballot, defeating several prominent, long-serving Liberals including Paul Martin, Sr., Robert Winters and Paul Hellyer.
 
1972, Pierre Trudeau

Some wondered if he was too liberal and radical for the nation's top job, and his views led to some initial alienation from the party's conservative wing. However, he benefited from an unprecedented wave of personality popularity called Trudeaumania which had Trudeau mobbed by throngs of youths.
 
Pierre Trudeau and Liona Boyd

Pierre Elliott Trudeau was once named top Canadian newsmaker of the 20th century. He finished ahead of Canadian prime ministers Mackenzie King, Lester Pearson, Wilfrid Laurier and Brian Mulroney. Always flamboyant, Pierre Trudeau dated some of the most interesting women in the world including Barbara Streisand and Liona Boyd. He finally settled down with Margaret, his true love.

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From CBC's The Greatest Canadian

The seventies
Things were peaceful in 1971, and Trudeau found time to secretly wed Margaret Sinclair, the 22-year-old flower child daughter of a former Liberal cabinet minister.

Pierre Memorabilia, AuctionsThe wedding came at a time when Trudeaumania was waning. Although he made landmark achievements in his first three years as prime minister, Trudeau's sometimes flippant attitude towards the press worked against him. This was the case when he responded to a group of protesting farmers in the Prairies saying, "Why should I sell your wheat?". With this, he alienated many western voters.

When he was re-elected in a minority government in 1972, it was a wake-up call. Trudeau worked closely with the NDP to create popular social programs, which succeeded in winning him another majority government in 1974. But social security and welfare were expensive, and by the mid-70s, the Liberal government had built up huge deficits. To cut debts, Trudeau prescribed "strong medicine," implementing wage and price controls in 1975.

Canadians weren't impressed, and things got worse for Trudeau when he went through a very public separation from Margaret, following a wild night when she ran off with the Rolling Stones.

As the decade drew to a close, René Lévesque was leader of the Parti- Québécois and was gaining support for his vision of an independent Quebec.

After he was elected to a minority government once more in 1979, Trudeau announced his resignation from politics, a move that was out of character for a man who believed in ending things with a bang not a whimper.

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