Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Trudeau was the prime minister of Canada for almost 16 years

Who is he?

Pierre Trudeau was born on October 18, 1919 in Montreal. He was a politician, writer, and constitutional lawyer, and was in power as a prime minister from 1968-- 79 and 1980-- 84. He was arguably Canada’s best-known politician, both at home and abroad. He died on September 28, 2000 in Montreal.

Major events:

Major events during his terms include the creation of the Official Languages Act in 1969, the enactment of the War Measures Act during the FLQ-October Crisis in 1970, the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and legal independence from Britain with the signing of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Three Leadership Traits:

Lead from the front -- but don't leave your base behind

I think Trudeau applied Mandela's 2nd leadership lesson during the establishment of the Canadian Rights and Freedom constitution because during his leadership time period he wanted to negotiate with people and tell them about the changing he wanted to make in the constitution, but other people didn't want to talk to him about making the Canadian Rights and Freedom constitution, and in the end, Trudeau's courage brought them to him and made them talk to him about the new constitution. And same thing happened during Mandela's time period when people were saying that prisoners can't negotiate but Mandela didn't give up and lead from the front and eventually, he was also able to negotiate.

Nothing is black or white

Pierre Trudeau applied Nelson Mandela's 7th leadership lesson because during Official Language Act in 1969 he almost lost his office and was forced to form a minority government with the support of the new democratic party, but he knew that every problem has many causes and decisions are complex, and there are always competing factors. During the next year and a half the prime minister faced a series of no-confidence votes in Parliament, but in the national elections on July 8 the Liberal Party won a clear majority and an increased number of seats in Parliament.

Know your enemy -- and learn about his favorite sport

Pierre Trudeau applied Mandela's 4th leadership lesson when he was in power because his father was French and his mother was Scottish so he was used to speak both English and French. Trudeau struggled a lot to make English and French both official languages of Canada because he wanted to make Quebec part of Canada. By knowing both languages and making them Canada's official languages Trudeau was able to make Quebec part of Canada and that's how he used Mandela's 4th leadership lesson.

Work Sited

  • "Pierre Elliott Trudeau." Prime Minister of Canada. 26 Aug. 2013. Web. 28 Apr. 2015
  • "How Pierre Trudeau Changed Canada." How Pierre Trudeau Changed Canada. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.
  • Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.
  • "Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.
  • "Topic 1: Overview of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms." Topic 1: Overview of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.