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Trudeaumania: A Swinger for Prime Minister

Trudeaumania: A Swinger for Prime Minister

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In 1968, a swinger ran for prime minister. Canadians had never before seen anyone like Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the House of Commons. He brought youthfulness and a promise of change. He also brought a Mercedes-Benz. Women and men were mesmerized by him. But Trudeau's appeal extended beyond Parliament. He became a political pop star, attracting admirers whose dedication rivaled that of Beatles fans. Canada called it Trudeaumania, a phenomenon that lasted until his marriage in 1971.