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A swinger for prime minister

The Story


Fans as young as nine years old take the day off school to watch a campaign speech by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. They've come out to cheer on the young, hip prime minister for the election taking place on June 25, 1968. The children favour Trudeau over his opposition -- the New Democratic Party's Tommy Douglas and Progressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield. The kids know Trudeau hasn't been PM long. He dissolved Parliament and called the upcoming election three days after he was voted Liberal leader.So why do the kids want Trudeau to win? One youngster explains: "Because he's handsome, and a swinger, too."

Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: June 19, 1968
Reporter: Norm Allen
Duration: 1:31

Did You know?


• In 1971, Opposition members of Parliament John Lundrigan and Lincoln Alexander accused Trudeau of mouthing a four-letter obscenity in the House of Commons. Trudeau told the press he had really said "fuddle-duddle." 
• Admirers often referred to Trudeau as a "swinger," which at the time meant someone who was lively, modern and enjoyed a good time.


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