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Fuddle duddle: Pierre Trudeau swears he didn't use F-word

Accused of unparliamentary language, the prime minister insists he didn't say anything inappropriate in 1971.

MP John Lundrigan says Pierre Trudeau 'mouthed a four-letter obscenity' in the House of Commons

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau swears he didn't use any four-letter obscenities. 2:14

"The prime minister interrupted me in a way that you wouldn't expect on the street by mouthing a four-letter obscenity," says Conservative MP John Lundrigan on Feb. 16, 1971.

"He mouthed two words," adds another Tory MP, Lincoln Alexander, to a group of reporters. "The first word of which started with F, the second word of which started with O."

But then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau swears he did no such thing and that Lundrigan and Alexander are being "very sensitive" and are "crying to mama or to television."

When journalists ask him exactly what he was thinking as he made a "gesture of derision" during the exchange inside the House of Commons, Trudeau can't hide his exasperation.

"What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you say 'fuddle duddle' or something like that?"

Three weeks after the "fuddle duddle" incident, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau married Margaret Sinclair. They are seen here at one of their first public appearances at a daylong maple sugar party near Montreal on Saturday, March 27, 1971. (Peter Bregg/Canadian Press)