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  1. Introduction
  2. Pierre Elliot Trudeau's early life
  3. Pierre Elliot Trudeau's outrageous comments on political matters
  4. The violence that the FLQ produced
  5. Conclusion

Joseph Philippe Pierre Ives Elliotte Trudeau, who prefers to be called Pierre Elliott Trudeau without the final e, in order to emphasize his bilingualism and biculturalism, was born in Montreal, Quebec on October 18, 1919. Trudeau was born into a poor family that lived on a small farm in Montreal. His father was a farmer and worked almost around the clock in order to make enough money to support his family which consisted of five people, Trudeau's mother Grace Elliotte, his father Jean-Charles Emile Trudeau, his sister Suzette, his brother Charles, and finally Trudeau himself.

When Trudeau was five, his father started up what was to be a highly successful chain of 30 service stations which was in 1931 sold to an oil company for $1.4 million and through astute investments, this amount multiplied many times. At the same time, Trudeau started school at L'Academie Querbs. Along with his daily teachings at Querbs, Trudeau's father also taught Trudeau about politics. Trudeau obviously did not understand any of it at that young age, but some words that his father commonly used while talking to Trudeau intrigued him, such as the word ?political machine.?

Trudeau tried in vain to imagine what such a machine would look like. He thought that it was a machine that manufactured laws. After completing elementary school at Querbs, Trudeau's parents had chosen Brebeuf, formally known as Le College Jean-de-Brebeuf, which was a French-speaking high school. Trudeau never anticipated the challenges of high school until one afternoon, an ?upperclassman? decided to provoke Trudeau by throwing a banana into his soup.

Tags: Pierre Elliott Trudeau, bilingualism and biculturalism, investments, L'Academie Querbs

[...] In 1948, Trudeau left Paris in order to go to London, England where he enrolled himself at yet another University, this time The London School of Economics. It was here where Trudeau began his long journey into politics. Trudeau went to Ottawa where he was hired as an economic advisor in the Privy Council office. This was the office from where the Prime Minister - at that time Louis St. Laurent - gathered information and gave commands by which the government functioned. [...]

[...] In 1976, Trudeau's followers began to turn on him because since the Finance Minister, John Turner resigned in 1975, Trudeau neglected the economy, and it began to rapidly deteriorate. There were many protests on Parliament Hill and on October just after Trudeau announced the imposition of mandatory wage and price controls, millions of business men and women from across Canada formed a massive strike. Meanwhile, in Quebec, there had been another storm cloud forming. This finally exploded and in November 1976, René Lévesque was elected and the Parti Québécois was formed in order to achieve full Québécois independence. [...]

[...] Followed by crowds of admiring teenagers, Trudeau was now a popular figure on the national scene. However, his image as a politician was not as strong as his social image. Then, as minister of justice, he introduced legislation to reform Canada's divorce laws and the Criminal Code. It had never been easy to obtain a divorce in Canada. In the past, Canada never appeared eager to simplify divorce procedures. Pressure for a change had been increasing, especially because many Canadians had the influence of American movies, books and magazines, TV programs, and American popular music. [...]

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