Pierre Trudeau Quotes (54 quotes)
“There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an all Canadian boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.”
Speech to the Ukrainian - Canadian Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba (9 October 1971)
“We must now establish the basic principles, the basic values and beliefs which hold us together as Canadians so that beyond our regional loyalties there is a way of life and a system of values which make us proud of the country that has given us such freedom and such immeasurable joy.”
On signing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1981)
“Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.”
Farewell speech to the Liberal Party (14 June 1984)
“A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values.”
Part 5, Life After Politics, p. 366 - Memoirs (1993)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsPierre Trudeau
Born: October 18, 1919
Died: September 28, 2000 (aged 80)
Bio: Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, 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.
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