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Pierre Trudeau

Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau (; ; October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000), usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was a Canadian politician who served as the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968, to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980, to June 30, 1984. Trudeau gained notoriety as a lawyer, intellectual, and activist in Quebec politics. In the 1960s he entered federal politics by joining the Liberal Party of Canada. He was appointed as Lester B. Pearson’s Parliamentary Secretary and later became his Minister of Justice. Trudeau became a media sensation, inspiring „Trudeaumania”, and took charge of the Liberals in 1968. From the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, his personality dominated the political scene to an extent never before seen in Canadian political life. Despite his personal motto, „Reason before passion,” his personality and political career aroused polarizing reactions throughout Canada. Admirers praise the force of Trudeau’s intellect and salute his political acumen in preserving national unity against the Quebec sovereignty movement, suppressing a violent revolt, fostering a pan-Canadian identity, and in achieving sweeping institutional reform, including the implementation of official bilingualism, patriation of the Constitution, and the establishment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Critics accuse him of arrogance, of economic mismanagement, and of unduly centralizing Canadian decision-making to the detriment of Quebec’s culture and the economy of the Prairies. He retired from politics in 1984, and John Turner succeeded him. Maclean’s 1997 and 2011 scholarly surveys ranked him twice as the fifth best Canadian prime minister. His eldest son, Justin Trudeau, became the 23rd and current Prime Minister as a result of the 2015 federal election and is the first prime minister in Canada related to a previous prime minister.

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