The 15th Prime Minister of Canada
So . . . who is he? And why is he important?
Among his greatest aspects, a highlighted one would be his peaceful, honourable and responsible behaviour which was very admirable in the eyes of Canadian citizens. With his determination for a better Canada coupled with confidence and effective speeches, Trudeau swayed the votes of his supporters by promising a cloudless tomorrow.
But what was he involved in?
When Canada’s previous Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson retired in 1967, Trudeau campaigned for leadership of the Liberal Party. His ideas were popular, and on April 6, 1968, he won the post.
“Trudeaumania,” was the nickname given to the excitement brought on by teenagers who supported Trudeau. Within 20 days of winning leadership of his party, Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 15th prime minister.
University of Montreal
Pierre Trudeau attended UoM prior to his politic days.
Trudeau was invited to run for party seats.
Lester B. Pearson
Outgoing Prime Minister, proceeded by Pierre Trudeau.
And what kind of actions did he take?
The 1970 “October Crisis” tested his stance against terrorists; he invoked the War Measures Act, giving the government overarching power to arrest without trial.
In 1981, the Canadian House of Commons approved Trudeau’s reform to officially and completely separate Canada from Queen Elizabeth II’s Britain. This monumental act brought about new and widespread civil rights for all Canadians.
Appearances Matter--And Remember To Smile
Pierre Trudeau's appearance helped him too. In the 1968 leadership race for the Liberal Party, a nickname of "Trudeaumania" given to describe the excitement that surrounded Pierre Trudeau's candidacy. At this time, plenty of young adults identified Trudeau as an energetic nonconformist who was relatively young. They were dazzled by his charm and good looks, and a large fan base was established throughout the country.
"Appearances matter--and remember to smile."
As you can see, his appearances was always moderately presentable.
Current Prime Minister Trudeau even applies that quote to himself.
Courage Is Not The Absence of Fear--It's Inspiring Others To Move Beyond It
Trudeau applies the same leadership trait. He came of as a fearless leader, one that was not afraid of anything and could do everything. He never showed his fear in front of people, he always had a masked facial expression. During his election campaign in 1968, while attending the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade in Montreal, Quebec separatists were rioting and throwing rocks and bottles at where Trudeau was seated. Instead of taking cover, he remained in his seat and faced the rioters, showing no feeling of fear. The image showed such courage impressed the Canadian people, and he won the election the next day.
Quitting Is Leading Too
Son of Pierre Trudeau and the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.
A picture of Pierre with his children in 1981 on Remembrance Day.
Pierre Trudeau died on Sept. 28th, 2000 from cancer.