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Pierre Trudeau: Analyzing his legacy

He slid down banisters, dated movie stars and wore a red rose in his lapel. Pierre Elliott Trudeau is arguably the most charismatic prime minister in Canada's history. But he was more than just charisma – Trudeau helped shape Canada with his vision of a unified, bilingual, multicultural "just society." Throughout his 16 years as prime minister, he faced some heavy criticism. But when Trudeau died on Sept. 28, 2000, the nation mourned the man who, in the words of one biographer, "haunts us still."

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Just after Trudeau has retired, Eric Kierans, Dalton Camp and Stephen Lewis ponder how Trudeau will be remembered in history.
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: June 5, 1984
Guests: Dalton Camp, Eric Kierans, Stephen Lewis
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 19:12

Last updated: August 1, 2013

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