Pierre Elliott Trudeau: The prime Minister Canadians Either Loved or Hated
By: Stan Sauerwein
This is a wonderful book about a Canadian icon that was very influential to me as I was growing up in Montreal. I was always impressed by Trudeau. And now as I read this book, I realized why. I will share my thoughts below.
Pierre Trudeau was unlike any prime minister Canada had ever known or will probably ever see again. He was one of a kind and unique. But for many Canadians he was a puzzle because he couldn’t understand him. He had a vision that united Canada and he believed in the strength of Canadians. He was a man who was either loved or hated. I actually loved him a lot, and followed a lot of his views and philosophies.
He was a private man, a thinker, and very much a philosopher. During those days of my early adolescence, I was tinkering with the idea of becoming a thinker like Pierre Trudeau. And I did indeed follow that way of life, being a philosopher and thinker myself.
Pierre Trudeau’s life was one of achievements. He studied law for a while and then left to the United States and studied at Harvard. He also studied in Paris for a while. He travelled widely both physically and mentally. He absolutely loved reading and exploring. He had a very rich intellectual life.
But he also experienced a lot of failures in his life. His marriage broke and he was always searching for the right partner. Trudeau also changed Canada’s divorce law. He introduced official bilingualism, and created a ministry to protect our environment. He brought the Constitution to Canada which cut Canada’s ties with Great Britain. He established a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These rights and freedoms are important for all Canadians. So, he had a very busy career and life.
He also put wage and price control into effect. He created the National Energy Program and this angered westerners. He did a lot of work to care for the less fortunate, and he tried to make all Canadians aware of the poor in our midst.
He was a man who angered easily. But he was also a very compassionate man, one who would pray if the moment required it. He was a man of true greatness and intellect, and I am proud to have gotten to know him while I was growing up and now by reading about him.
I look forward to reading more books about Pierre Trudeau here on my Canadian Book Review Blog.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth