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‘Trudeaumaniacs’ look back

The Story


In 1968, Florene Moskovitz put on her white beret and headed off to Parliament Hill hoping to meet Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Moskovitz thought the traditionally French headdress would impress him because he spoke French. That day, the CBC captured famous footage of her and a group of teenagers outside Parliament chasing after Trudeau.  In 1994, Moskovitz and a panel of two other "Trudeaumaniacs" reminisce about what attracted them to Trudeau.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Jan. 14, 1994
Guests: Rick Anderson, Florene Moskovitz, Michael Robinson
Host: Wendy Mesley
Duration: 9:52

Did You know?


• Trudeau's father Charles-Emile, a descendant of farmers, was a Québécois lawyer. His mother Grace, born to an English-speaking family, was of Scottish heritage. She gave birth to Joseph Philippe Pierre Ives Elliott Trudeau Oct. 18, 1919 in Montreal.

• Charles-Emile's businesses brought the family considerable wealth before he died when Pierre was 15. He owned gas stations, the Montreal Royals baseball team, mines and an amusement park.

• A historian traced the Trudeau's roots to French peasant Robert Truteaux, whose grandson came to North America in the mid-1600s.


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