Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, 1919 - 2000

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Born: 18 October 1919, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 28 August 2000, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau was born at Montréal, Quebec, attended a Jesuit school there and went on to the Université de Montréal before being drafted. After WW II he continued his education at Harvard (masters in political economy), Sciences Po at Paris, and "all but thesis" for a doctorate at the London School of Economics. He returned to teach law at Montréal before entering politics and was elected Prime Minister for the first time in 1968.

As Edward Fenner, one of our Canadian subscribers, related to me after Trudeau's death, "What John F. Kennedy was to America, so Pierre Elliot Trudeau was to Canada. Loved by many, despised by others, but respected by nearly all. Trudeau was an intellectual, an icon, a visionary, a passionate nationalist who didn't take crap from anybody. Women were wild for him and every man wanted to shake his hand or punch him in the mouth."

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