Pierre Elliott Trudeau
- Alan Stang on Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
The story starts with Prime Minister Pierre-Elliott Trudeau who, as your newspaper has told you, is irresistibly charmant. By now you know that those admitted to his presence leave forever enchanté. His wit is like champagne, his learning immense. He adores pretty girls. They adore him. His overpowering masculinity may well destroy the Women’s Liberation Front.
In 1947, Trudeau was a student at the London School of Economics, founded by the Fabian Socialists to train Marxists and spread Marxism. Professor Harold Laski, then head of the Fabian Society, was publicly advocating violent revolution at the time.
In 1949, he got a job as an economic advisor to the Privy Council in Ottawa. Igor Gouzenko, the Soviet Embassy official who exposed Communist espionage activities in Canada after World War II, says Trudeau got that job with the help of Robert Bryce, who was Clerk of the Privy Council at the time. Bryce had earlier served in Washington, says Gouzenko, where he belonged to a Communist study group and was a close friend of Soviet spy Alger Hiss.
While in Paris, Pierre had spent some time with Canadian Gérard Pelletier, who was then with World University Service, he says, “giving American money to countries that were about to go Communist.” (Maclean’s, February 24, 1962.)
Now, in Montreal, in 1951, Trudeau and Pelletier began to publish a magazine they called Cité Libre, in which they carried the commentaries of various distinguished intellectuals. There was Professor Raymond Boyer, for instance, who earlier had been exposed by Gouzenko and convicted of Soviet espionage. There was frequent contributor Pierre Gélinas, Quebec Director of Agitation and Propaganda for the Communist Party. There was Stanley B. Ryerson, leading theoretician of the Communist Party and editor of Marxist Review.
Trudeau, Pierre Elliott (1919-2000). Lawyer (1943), economist, professor, politician. Junior adviser to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa (1949-1951) at which time he took part in the founding of Cité libre. A specialist in public law, in 1956 he edited a book on The Asbestos Strike (of 1949) to which he contributed an introduction and conclusion. Professor of constitutional law in the faculty of law at the Université de Montréal (1961-1965). Member of the New Democratic Party (dates unknown). Liberal Member from Mount-Royal in the House of Commons (1965-1984). Minister of Justice (1967-1968), Prime Minister of Canada (1968-1979, 1980-1984). His principal essays have been collected in Federalism and the French Canadians (1967) and in Les Cheminements de la politique (1970).
Trudeau, Pierre Elliott (1919-). Avocat (1943), économiste, professeur, homme politique. Conseiller au Bureau du Conseil privé à Ottawa (1949-1951) au moment où il participe à la fondation de Cité libre. Spécialiste du droit public, il coordonne et signe la publication de La Grève de l’amiante (1956). Professeur de droit constitutionnel à la faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal (1961-1965). Député libéral de Mont-Royal à la Chambre des communes (1965-1984). Ministre de la Justice (1967-1968), premier ministre du Canada (1968-1979, 1980-1984). Ses principaux essais ont été rassemblés dans Le Fédéralisme et la Société canadienne-française (1967) et dans Les Cheminements de la politique (1970).
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