It was the bachelor Pierre Trudeau's first house. And I think it is our duty as a government to protect government officials and important people in our society against being used as tools in this blackmail. I never witnessed his epic struggle with Rene Levesque and the separatists in the 1970s and 1980s or the decade long struggle with Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed over energy policy. Trudeau's first election campaign was truly a love affair with Canada. Does passion always trump reason in Canadian politics? As researcher and translator, he shared in the 2007 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada 1919-1944, by Max and Monique Nemni. Not long before, Trudeau had proudly declared himself a leftist. The National Energy Program haunts Alberta still.
From both private and published sources, he culled anecdotes that spice the account and relieve sometimes dry explanations of policy. He was a great man, she concluded, just a great man. Without foundation in 1867, it came to full flowering in the 1956 report of Quebec's Royal Commission on Constitutional Problems. Those who think of the Trudeau era as a time of unmatched statesmanship and keen wit will be reminded how briefly the honeymoon period of Trudeaumania lasted, and how often the man known for his energy and eloquence seemed listless or downright sloppy. .
He had proved his competence in his award-winning biography of Lester Pearson. We barely notice that the Prime Minister was a man in his 50s sleeping with countless girls half his age. Trudeau knew that public expectations were too high, and he moved quickly to dampen them in his acceptance speech at the convention and at his next appearance. His accomplishments and struggles always appeared abstract and disconnected from the Canada I grew up in. Two years later, Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada, beating Harper in federal election by a significant margin. But where are the business leaders, political activists, dealmakers, labour bosses, organizers and young staffers? In March 2013, Trudeau's son , while running for the leadership, made a rare gesture of evoking his father's memory during his campaign by repeating this phrase.
Other sections, though less fraught with tension or color, are no less comprehensive. In Just Watch Me, English showcases his almost encyclopaedic knowledge of Canadian history, guiding us through these heady days of Liberal rule using a abundance of period editorials, letters, personal interviews, histories, archived papers and other primary documents. And it's a good read. English shines during this particular part of the book. Part of the value of Just Watch Me is its painstaking discussion of these issues that helped reshape our Canada. Here was a man who dated movie stars, wore stylish clothes and a red rose, flirted, danced and slept with countless young women.
His life is one of Canada's most engrossing stories. But Joe Clark's miscalculation saved him. No amount of orga- nizational response could meet the passion of the rollickingly fickle global market of the 1970s. It tells us how great ideas were envisioned by Trudeau and his circle of thinkers and became constitutional, economic, foreign and domestic policy. William Johnson covered Pierre Trudeau as reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail.
Some things never change; they just get more entrenched. But even with your hindsight I don't see how you can deny that. Here was an event that was a game-changer for many Québécois. After all, this is a book on policy. English, because he fails to probe deeply the dialectics of Quebec nationalism, is at a loss to explain Trudeau's virulent reaction to Meech Lake and the Charlottetown Accord. English deals episodically but not analytically with Trudeau's struggles with Quebec nationalists.
But it does have one important flaw. On April 7, the day after he became leader, Trudeau held a nationally televised press conference. Trudeau the dialectician drew a sharp line between his vision and his opponents'. Trudeau had remained a virgin until his mid-20s, inhibited by his eight years of indoctrination as a student of the Jesuits. About the Author: John English is Professor of History, University of Waterloo.
John English reveals how for Trudeau style was as important as substance, and how the controversial public figure intertwined with the charismatic private man and committed father. Other Titles: Citizen of the world : the life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Politics attracts so many decent, scholarly people such as English, who arrive in Ottawa to find that policy debates always take a back seat to high emo- tion. Instead, with a few exceptions, his prose is dry and clumsy. Trudeaumania hit like a jackhammer. When he was defeated by Joe Clark in 1979 and announced his resignation, he had failed to achieve the main objectives that, in 1965, drew him to office. He illuminates his strengths and weaknesses — from Trudeaumania to political disenchantment, from his electrifying response to the kidnappings during the October Crisis, to his all-important patriation of the Canadian Constitution, and his evolution to influential elder statesman.
English spins well the tale of that enchanted season, and the torrent of lows and highs that cascaded afterward. He examines Trudeau's close relationship to his mother, Grace Elliott, and his tempestuous marriage to Margaret Sinclair. In this setting the candidacy of the parliamentarian of only three years became politically intriguing. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the just watch me the life of pierre elliott trudeau volume two 1968 2000 gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. The hard, rational Pierre Trudeau stands steely-eyed before the tomato-hurling demonstrators at the St. And the American dream had become a nightmare. How far would you go with that? Just Watch Me tracks how Trudeau took many of these ideas and wove them into the fabric of Canada during his 13 years in government.
And did I mention the love letters? The youth responded with Trudeaumania. And yet he is also a professor of history at the University of Waterloo and a biographer of Arthur Meighen, Robert Borden, and Lester Pearson, and therefore has the credentials to rise above partisan chicanery. The rational Pierre Trudeau withheld his sympathies for Biafra and its starving people, even as Canadian children were told at every dinnertime to eat up and remember those less fortunate in that beleaguered breakaway African nation. By others, I mean Trudeau himself, whose Memoirs 1993 was a huge dis- appointment. Still, his successor had to be a francophone, he thought, and Trudeau's intellect, his presence, and even his cold rationality made him the logical choice. Passion, not reason, impelled thousands of Canadians to mark his death in 2000 with long lineups to view his coffin at Parliament Hill and to throw roses in the fountain at the Eternal Flame.