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Margaret Trudeau with one-week old Michel
Margaret Trudeau with one-week old Michel  

Margaret Trudeau is, without a doubt, the most famous Canadian political wife. Married at 22 to a bachelor prime minister almost 30 years her senior, she instantly captivated the attention of the press and public. Although the age difference was huge, the marriage seemed to fit the prime minister and the times. The young flower-child and the dapper older man seemed deeply in love in a fairy-tale romance.

But the adjustment from freedom to the strictures of political wifedom proved difficult. Margaret was bored and restless, unhappy with the duties of hosting dinners and tea parties. Margaret had trouble fitting in in the tight-laced government town. Although they had three children in quick succession, the free-spirited Margaret and the man whose motto was "reason over passion" were doomed from the start.

On their sixth anniversary, they decided on a temporary separation. But soon after, the rocky marriage became front-page news: Margaret was photographed at a Rolling Stones concert. The media said she went to the concert, then spent the night and the next day partying with the band. There were rumours of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Margaret later said it wasn't at all the way the media played it, but there was no repairing her broken reputation. She spent time partying, and living up to her wild reputation, trying various careers, including photography and acting. They divorced in 1984, Pierre's last year in office.

Margaret remarried, to a real estate developer in Ottawa, and had two more children. They also later divorced. Margaret was at Pierre's bedside when he died in 2000.

Justin, Alexandre (Sacha), and Michel (Micha) Trudeau

The sons of Margaret and Pierre were famous the moment they were born. But after his retirement from politics in 1984, Pierre raised them privately in Montreal.

Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau  

Justin Trudeau is a well-known Canadian figure. He captivated the nation with his touching eulogy to his father, who died in 2000. Formerly a teacher, he campaigns for avalanche safety, and promotes the youth program Katimavik.

 

 Sacha Trudeau
  Sacha Trudeau

Sacha is a respected journalist, covering international news for Canadian media. He produced a documentary, based on his experience as an embedded journalist during the 2003 war in Iraq.

 

Michel Trudeau
Michel Trudeau  

The youngest son Michel (or Micha, as the family called him) was killed in an avalanche in 1998 at the age of 23.

 

 

 


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