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Pierre Trudeau: “Welcome to the 1980s!”

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Pierre Trudeau delivers a lengthy victory speech peppered by interruptions from a noisy exuberant crowd. The prime minister-designate, who just months before had announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has managed to lead the party to a majority win over Joe Clarks's conservatives, less than a year after losing the May 1979 election to them. As triumphant a win as this 147 seat majority is for Trudeau and the liberals, he is mindful of the weak returns for the party in the west, and vows to "make every effort in this parliament to ensure that the government of this country is the government of every part of the country".

Medium: Television
Program: News Special
Broadcast Date: Feb. 18, 1980
Guest: Pierre Trudeau
Duration: 18:02

Did You know?


• On May 22, 1979, Joe Clark led the conservatives to a minority win, with 136 seats, the liberals won 114, and the NDP won 26.  At the age of 39, Clark became Canada's youngest prime minister.

• The Feb. 18, 1980 election brought the following results:  Liberals - 147, Conservatives - 103, NDP - 32


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