Canadian Leader: Pierre Elliot Trudeau Essay

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Pierre Elliot Trudeau was arguably one of the most vivacious and charismatic Prime Ministers Canada has ever seen. He wore capes, dated celebrities and always wore a red rose boutonniere. He looked like a superhero, and often acted like one too. Some of the landmark occurrences in Canadian history all happened during the Trudeau era, such as patriating the constitution, creating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the 1980 Quebec Referendum. However, it is Trudeau’s 1969 “white paper” and the Calder legal challenge which many consider to be one of his most influential contributions to Canadian history. Trudeau himself was a liberal. One of the core beliefs of liberal ideology is that of individual rights, meaning that…show more content…
Pierre Elliot Trudeau was arguably one of the most vivacious and charismatic Prime Ministers Canada has ever seen. He wore capes, dated celebrities and always wore a red rose boutonniere. He looked like a superhero, and often acted like one too. Some of the landmark occurrences in Canadian history all happened during the Trudeau era, such as patriating the constitution, creating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the 1980 Quebec Referendum. However, it is Trudeau’s 1969 “white paper” and the Calder legal challenge which many consider to be one of his most influential contributions to Canadian history. Trudeau himself was a liberal. One of the core beliefs of liberal ideology is that of individual rights, meaning that individuals can claim rights on behalf of themselves. Trudeau however was very much opposed to the idea of claiming special status or allowing rights to an entire group/collective entity as he outlined in The Just Society. Collective and group rights mean you claim a right on behalf of the group to which you belong to, typically in reference to cultural groups. Due to the emphasis placed on individual freedom in the liberal school of thought, Trudeau was never able to accept this idea. This also resonates in the whole Quebec dispute, where Trudeau is unable to acknowledge Quebec as having special status. It was for this reason that in 1969, he introduced his white paper. In Canadian politics, a policy paper is referred to as a “white paper”. It

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