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Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

Our Trudeau

Saturday, September 30, 2000

1. 'A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values, And so it is in the hands of every Canadian to determine how well and wisely we shall build the country of the future.'
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Memoirs

2. 'The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.'
Justice Minister Trudeau speaking on Dec. 22, 1967, about his amendments to the Criminal Code that liberalized the laws relating to abortion and homosexuality.

3. 'Fuddle duddle.'
Mr. Trudeau's account of what he said to an Opposition MP in the House of Commons on Feb. 16, 1971. The MP had suggested Mr. Trudeau used the F word and 'you'.

4. 'I walked until midnight in the storm, then I went home and took a sauna for an hour and a half. It was all clear. I listened to my heart and saw if there were any signs of my destiny in the sky, and there were none - there were just snowflakes.'
Feb. 29, 1984, announcing at a news conference he was resigning as Prime Minister.

5. 'I will use all my strength to bring about a just society to a nation living in a tough world.'
The new leader of the Liberal party at a news conference in Ottawa on April 7, 1968, the day after winning the Liberal leadership. Not much more than a year after he stepped down as leader, Mr. Trudeau and his Liberals win a majority government. He is sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister March 3, 1980.

6. 'Sometimes I wish we had never described the official languages policy as "bilingualism" - because the word apparently implied that our intent is for all Canadians to learn two languages. Such is not our intent at all.'
April 18, 1977, to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in Winnipeg. The charter of Rights and Freedoms was carved in constitutional stone on April 17, 1982. It was Mr. Trudeau's intent to advance individual rights, especially the right to use English and French.

7. 'I believe that Canada cannot, indeed that Canada must not survive by force. The country will only remain united - it should only remain united - if its citizens want to live together in one civil society.'
Nov. 15, 1976, national TV and radio address regarding Parti Quebecois election in Quebec.

Michel, Mr. Trudeau's youngest son, drowned Nov. 12, 1998, after he and a group of friends were swept into B.C.'s Kokanee Lake by a freak early-winter avalanche, after several days of backcountry skiing. The family mourned in a ceremony Nov. 20.

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