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Pierre Trudeau: Farewell speech

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."

Trudeau makes a rousing farewell speech to mark his retirement as prime minister in 1984.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: June 14, 1984
Guest(s): Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Duration: 2:24

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