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Pierre Elliot Trudeau

            Pierre Elliott Trudeau was born on October 18, 1919 to an upper class Quebecois family. Over the next 80-plus years of his life, the world would see him as a great man in Canadian history and that would be forever remembered throughout the world. .
             During the prime of his life, Trudeau was seen as a man of flavor. He wore the best clothes, drove the best cars, and was seen with the biggest names. He dated Barbara Streisand, Margot Kidder, and classical guitarist Liona Boyd. He could be seen turning pirouettes behind the Queen's back in Buckingham Palace. Trudeau made the arena of politics fashionable for the new Sixties generation. But, with all the things he had done, and all the people he had met, he found his wife, 22-year-old Margaret Sinclair, at the age of 52. .
             Within his lifetime, Trudeau had traveled all over the world. He started his post-secondary education at the Jean de Brebeuf College, a Jesuit institution. There he would master the philosophy that would guide him through life. He called it "Reason Over Passion,"" a motto that he used for the rest of his life to show his calmness under fire and how to keep his temper under control. Afterwards, Trudeau gained a Law degree from the University of Montreal, a Masters in Political Economy at Harvard, spent 1946-47 at Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and finally an academic year at the London School of Economics in 1947-48. Following all these years learning his future trade, Trudeau went on expeditions for a year backpacking throughout Central Europe and the Middle East. Soon thereafter he returned to Canada to take a job as an advisor to the Privy Council in Ottawa. When his work was finished with the Privy Council, he returned to Montreal to work with the labour unions in the Asbestos Strike against the harsh Union Nationale under Premier Maurice Duplessis. While in this period of his life, he co-founded the Cite Libre. A journal of ideas that he, and other Quebec intellectuals, wrote when he was a professor of law at the University of Montreal.

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