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Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

Quiet community pauses as history passes its way
The Globe and Mail
Tuesday, October 3, 2000

CARLSBAD SPRINGS, ONT. -- Folks here in this quiet little hamlet, about 20 minutes down the line from Ottawa, say they felt history pass their way yesterday.

This is a mixed anglophone-francophone bedroom community, the kind of neighbourly place that bureaucrats and high-tech workers move to because they want their children to grow up in the country.

Parents took their little ones to the rail crossing yesterday morning to see Pierre Elliott Trudeau's funeral train.

Teachers at École St-Laurent, the francophone school across the street from the crossing, led their pupils in solemn procession. Neighbours chatted quietly as they waited. A soldier on his day off put on his dress uniform and stood at attention in the misty morning.

By the time the train roared through, more than 300 people had assembled, almost half the town.

Nancy Cavanagh de Jong, a nurse originally from Montreal, where she sometimes caught sight of Mr. Trudeau walking near her bus stop, took her three youngsters to the crossing. The 11-year-old twins, Tyler and Garrett, wore blue Toronto Maple Leaf jackets. Their sister, Alexia, 13, was in a red Montreal Canadiens jersey. Like their mother, the youngsters speak both English and French.

In the past few days, Ms. de Jong said, she has been telling her children about why Mr. Trudeau was such a great leader. He helped to make francophones comfortable in all parts of Canada, she said.

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