Pierre Elliott Trudeau

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Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau is one of the world's greatest political leaders who shall be remembered for the greatest work and contribution to modern day Canadian society. He was adored by the public due to his extremely flamboyant lifestyle. His charisma and his charm led him to be a global icon of diplomacy and negotiation. The face of advocating for a united, independent Canada where nobody is treated differently or alienated he quickly found his presence in the hearts of Canadians everywhere, and among the ranks of the best leaders in the world. In only a matter of a few months of campaigning, his immensely unique style of leadership took over Canada in phenomena unlike any other known as “Trudeaumania”. In his campaign, he introduced…show more content…
With his “Just Society”, Trudeau made a priority to make the French Canadians feel comfortable and at home. With this in mind, Trudeau passed the Official Languages Act in 1969, making French and English Canada’s official languages. This act meant that in areas of where 10% or more of the population spoke French, services must be offered in French. This meant that government officials would have to offer services in French and English, which meant that English government workers were taught French in order to accommodate the French Canadians. The handling of the FLQ crisis, in October 1970, which led to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau being awarded multiple awards can be considered the masterpiece of his 15 years, 164 days in power. Though many nowadays criticize his use of “the War Measures Act” outside of wartime, it is hard to believe that anybody could have dealt with the efficiency and satisfaction that Pierre Elliott Trudeau did. Without the skillful leadership of Pierre Trudeau, the FLQ could have started an even larger divide amongst French and English Canadians, possibly even that of a political border if Quebec separatist movements had their way. Despite the Defence and External Affairs departments duties of representing all of Canada, none of the two were bilingual before Pierre Trudeau headed into the office. Pierre Trudeau in…show more content…
Pierre Trudeau worked heavily towards uniting Canada and to calm Quebec separatist talks. He greatly changed the image of Canada and worked towards his image of a “Just Society” being independent of Britain and the United States of America. He improved the lives of the average Canadian, by signing and passing many bills and acts as a prime minister and as the minister of justice and was made extremely popular due to them, his status as a symbol of charisma and charm perhaps never waning. Pierre Trudeau inspired people all over Canada to embrace its bilingual, bicultural identity for what it was and started Canada on its path to being the great nation that it is
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