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Not everyone was swept up in Trudeaumania. Although Pierre Elliott Trudeau had won his party's leadership and a convincing general election, New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas called the win unfair. To Douglas, Trudeau ran in a beauty contest, not an election, "kissing young ladies on the lawn."

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning Magazine
Broadcast Date: Dec. 29, 1968
Guest(s): Tommy Douglas
Host: John O'Leary, Bruce Rogers
Duration: 4:10

Did You know?

• Trudeau's interest in political leadership dates back to 1954 when he appeared on CBC Television speaking about Canadian federalism. • Montreal's Mount Royal riding elected Trudeau as member of Parliament in 1965.
• In 1967, as Justice Minister, Trudeau eased laws on homosexuality, lotteries and divorce. It was during this term he said, "There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation."

• When Trudeau announced his intention to become Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson's replacement, many Canadians doubted he'd ever get elected judging by the staid chain of PM predecessors. When Maclean's Bill Fraser heard of the possibility he said, "Too good to be true."


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