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Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau greeted by cheers

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Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has just completed a helicopter tour of southwestern Ontario, in a bid to deliver a message to Canadians about the government's campaign against inflation. The three-day tour, which has drawn thousands, comes to an end with a picnic in Strathroy, a small town 240 kilometres west of Toronto. Wearing a striped suit jacket with a rose in the lapel, Trudeau spends two hours mingling with the crowd, signing autographs and riding a mini-motorcycle. High school cheerleaders wait anxiously to perform their "Trudeau cheer."

Medium: Television
Program: Weekend
Broadcast Date: June 21, 1970
Host: Lloyd Robertson
Reporter: Ken Mason
Duration: 1:43

Did You know?


• Trudeau's Liberals won the June 25 election, taking 155 of the 264 seats.
• He became Canada's third prime minister of French descent, holding office from 1968 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1984.
• Trudeau said he looked forward to moving into 24 Sussex Drive, the official prime ministerial residence, because it seemed like a good place to throw parties.
• His motto, "Reason over passion," displayed on a Joyce Weiland quilt, hung at 24 Sussex Drive.


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