Pierre Trudeau

Born Oct 18, 1919

Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, PC CH CC QC FSRC, usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984. Trudeau began his political career as a lawyer, intellectual, and activist in Quebec politics. In the 1960s, he entered federal politics by joining the Liberal Party of Canada.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on October 18, 1919.


1942 - 1943 2 More Events
1944 24 Years Old When conscripted, he decided to join the Canadian Officers' Training Corps, and he then served with the other conscripts in Canada, since they were not assigned to any overseas military service until after the Conscription Crisis of 1944 (after the Invasion of Normandy that June). … Read More
1947 27 Years Old In 1947 Trudeau travelled to Paris to continue his dissertation work. … Read More
1949 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949 he was an active supporter of workers in the Asbestos Strike. … Read More


1961 41 Years Old An associate professor of law at the Université de Montréal from 1961 to 1965, Trudeau's views evolved towards a liberal position in favour of individual rights counter to the state and made him an opponent of Quebec nationalism. … Read More
1965 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Nevertheless he was persuaded to join the party in 1965, together with his friends Gérard Pelletier and Jean Marchand. … Read More
1966 46 Years Old …  More controversial than the declaration (which was backed by the NDP and, with some opposition in caucus, the PCs) was the implementation of the Act's principles: between 1966 and 1976, the francophone proportion of the civil service and military doubled, causing alarm in some sections of anglophone Canada that they were being disadvantaged. … Read More
In 1967 he was appointed to Pearson's cabinet as Minister of Justice. … Read More
Nevertheless, at the April 1968 Liberal leadership convention, Trudeau was elected as the leader on the fourth ballot, with the support of 51% of the delegates. … Read More


1970 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Trudeau's first serious test came during the October Crisis of 1970, when a Marxist group, the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped British Trade Consul James Cross at his residence on October 6. … Read More
1971 51 Years Old On March 4, 1971, while Prime Minister, he quietly married Margaret Sinclair at St. Stephen's Catholic church in North Vancouver. … Read More
1974 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1974 the House of Commons passed a motion of no confidence in the Trudeau government, defeating its budget bill after Trudeau intentionally antagonized Stanfield and Lewis. … Read More
1975 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1975, in an embarrassing about-face, Trudeau and new Finance Minister Donald Macdonald introduced wage and price controls by passing the Anti-Inflation Act. … Read More
1976 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Trudeau continued his attempts at increasing Canada's international profile, including joining the G7 group of major economic powers in 1976 at the behest of U.S. President Gerald Ford. … Read More
1977 57 Years Old After three children were born they separated in 1977 and were finally divorced in 1984. … Read More
1978 58 Years Old After a series of defeats in by-elections in 1978, Trudeau avoided calling the 31st Canadian general election until the spring of 1979, only two months from the five-year limit provided under the British North America Act.
1979 59 Years Old In the election of 1979, Trudeau and the Liberals faced declining poll numbers, an emaciated campaign structure, and the Joe Clark–led Progressive Conservatives focusing on "pocketbook" issues. … Read More


1980 60 Years Old …  Trudeau and the Liberals engaged in a new strategy for the February 1980 election: facetiously called the "low bridge", it involved dramatically underplaying Trudeau's role and avoiding media appearances, to the point of refusing a televised debate. … Read More
1982 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However, after tough bargaining on both sides, Trudeau did reach a revenue-sharing agreement on energy with Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed in 1982. … Read More
When his divorce was finalized in 1984, Trudeau became the first Canadian Prime Minister to become a single parent as the result of divorce.
1985 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Trudeau also remained active in international affairs, visiting foreign leaders and participating in international associations such as the Club of Rome. He met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and other leaders in 1985, shortly afterwards Gorbachev met President Ronald Reagan to discuss easing world tensions. … Read More
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