The new Trudeaumania

Pembroke got swept up in Trudeaumania, The Next Generation when Justin Trudeau, the son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, spoke at the Germania Club Hall Tuesday night.

About 270 Liberal party faithful filled the hall as the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Riding Association hosted an evening with Mr. Trudeau, the Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Papineau.

Arriving shortly after 6 p. m., he swept into the hall, taking time to greet Liberal party members before speaking to the media in advance of the dinner.

Mr. Trudeau said he was glad to be in Pembroke, an area he has driven through many times with a canoe on his car’s roof, headed to wilder places. He said he loved the area and was glad to visit in an official capacity this time.

While he did stray into a few partisan comments, Mr. Trudeau’s speech was generally full of vision and ideals.

He admitted, though, it was not about putting forward concrete proposals.

He said Liberal MPs are travelling throughout the country in order to get a sense of Canadians’ fears, dreams, hopes and concerns and to make sure that the Liberal party is listening to what they are saying.

Mr. Trudeau is passionate about engaging Canadian youth in politics.

“If we’re going to start looking at new solutions, looking at a different way of thinking that is going to balance our economy with our eco-systems, look at reducing conflict around the world, looking at dealing with poverty and marginalization here in Canada and around the world, we’re going to have to be bold in our thinking and young people bring in a capacity to think differently, to challenge their elders, to challenge their world and ask tough questions that all of us need to start answering,” he said.

“The more we get young people involved and connected and heard in politics, the more politics starts to change.”

He stated that the current trend of attack-based politics doesn’t help anyone.

“We’re getting away from the heart of the issues of people suffering because of (quick) decisions, or because of pinching pennies. The idea is we should be talking in politics about what is important, not just what is urgent or politically expedient. (We need to get) people involved, and feeling that politics can be about something important, and bigger than just the little gamesmanship that ends up on the front page of newspapers because we have to start talking about the real issues that we are facing,” he said.

He warned that currently the political realm is very divisive. Instead, he suggested it should be about bringing people together.

“That’s the only way we are going to get through some of the big challenges we are facing,” he said.

Throughout his comments and speech, Mr. Trudeau hammered home the message of connecting Canadians and connecting to Canadians.

“What really matters is what individual citizens bring in terms of change. That’s why community is so important,” he said.

He said the point of life is not about accumulating “stuff” but is simply knowing that each individual matters.

“To know that an individual is relative to their peer group, their family, to their community. To know the world is a slightly better place because you passed through it than it would have been had you never existed — is the basic requirement to truly feel accomplished and happy,” he said.

He added we are living in a world and a society that has forgotten that. He believes this has led to people living disconnected lives and looking out only for themselves.

He said Canadians, particularly those in politics, need to be forward thinking and put forward a plan for the future rather than hiding heads in the sand and relying on the same old solutions to current issues.

“Our values of openness, of respect for each other, of a willingness to work hard and readiness to be there if a neighbour is in difficulty — these are the things that define us, and make us a tremendously-successful country but that’s something that I suspect we’ve been forgetting recently,” he said.

He stated that being Canadian makes us luckier than 99.5 per cent of the rest of the world that isn’t Canadian, but with that luck comes responsibility.

“If we were given these advantages, if we worked hard to gain these advantages, then we need to say, ‘OK, what am I going to do with these advantages? How am I going to make sure that what we have is leveraged into something better for everyone.’ How are we making sure that Canada takes its role as a generator of solutions for the world,” he said.

The speech made by the charismatic MP resulted in a standing ovation from area Liberals.

Mr. Trudeau has an extensive background in youth work as well he is very involved with the Canadian Avalanche Foundation promoting intelligent risk taking and safety awareness, and wilderness groups such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Local riding association president Gail Richardson said that while the event was a fundraiser, “this evening is also a celebration for us here in Renfrew-Nipissing- Pembroke because we’re on the move and we’re growing. We’re very excited. We’ve got our new leader and we’re delighted to have Justin Trudeau here with us to represent the party and to help us as we move forward.”

A modest proposal Justin Trudeau

There are two issues that were foremost to me when I entered politics: the need to create a better balance between human civilization and the natural world that sustains it; and the need to get young people to value politics by getting politics to value young people. And to my mind, since the latter would be a powerful stepping stone to achieving the former, I chose to focus my first piece of legislation on youth.

The temptation was to go for broke. Demanding that this government implement this or create that would lead to being shot down, which would then result in rants that the Conservatives don’t care about young people. Easy politics, fun speeches to make, but fundamentally not why I chose to spend four or five days a week in Ottawa away from my family.

So I decided on a much more modest proposal. A motion to ask the Human Resources and Skills Development committee to study youth and volunteerism by looking at national service models around the world, by hearing from organizations and from young people themselves about their needs and desires, and then to hopefully write a report recommending a policy on national youth service for Canada.

The objective was to bring forward to Parliament a formal conversation on youth and service. This seemed a safe, constructive proposal, because no one could possibly object to merely talking about how we connect young people with their communities across this country.

“By refusing to open a conversation about our young people, the Bloc and Conservatives betray their fundamental lack of faith in our country’s ability to achieve greatness. ”— Liberal MP Justin Trudeau

How wrong I was. First, the Bloc weighed in, saying that even having a conversation about a national strategy on youth and volunteerism was an affront to Quebec’s jurisdiction over education. But really, they will object to anything that may lead to more young Quebeckers discovering the rest of Canada, and how well they fit in as builders of this entire country’s future. So as much as their small-mindedness is frustrating, at least they’re being ideologically consistent.

The real disappointment was when the Conservative Party rose to oppose this modest proposal. Why vote against talking about empowering our young people? Why vote against a process that might generate a creative way for organizations across the country to better serve Canadians during this time of economic challenge?

The short answer is that the Conservatives don’t think that this issue is a big deal. Young people aren’t a particularly valuable political constituency to them, and they’re gambling that Canadians are more focused right now on narrow, short-term economic interests than on creating opportunities for youth to serve their country.

The longer answer revolves around the Conservative Party’s vision – or lack thereof – for Canada. By their very nature, young people are idealistic, long-term thinkers ready to challenge the status quo and embrace change. Theirs are exactly the perspectives we need as we look to build a Canada that will retake its place of respect in the world, a Canada that acts for both the immediate and long-term well-being of its citizens, its economy and its ecosystems, and a Canada in which the politics of division, fear and indifference have no place.

By refusing to open a conversation about our young people, the Bloc and Conservatives betray their fundamental lack of faith in our country’s ability to achieve greatness.

Canada, and Canadians, deserve better.

Justin Trudeau is the Liberal MP for Papineau and eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau

Students experience Trudeaumania revival

Author: Nicole Million

Date: May 20, 2009


Justin Trudeau, son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and MP for the Quebec riding of Papineau, speaks to students Tuesday at St. Theresa’s High School in Midland.


Students at St. Theresa’s High School got a little face time with Canadian political royalty on Tuesday.

Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and the MP for the Quebec riding of Papineau, visited the school to talk to students and answer questions on topics ranging from how young people can shape the world to the current economic crisis and alternative energy.

“I’m frustrated young people don’t get involved in politics enough…. I’m frustrated towards politics for not being the kind of initiative young people feel like being interested in,” he said to the group. “The reality is, when young people get more involved in politics, politics itself starts to change.”

Trudeau said whether they know it or not, young people are idealists, something that is needed to help encourage aggressive and different thinking.

“We need all of you to come out and get involved,” he said. “The challenges we face are enormous, but the solutions are as varied as the people out there. It’s important you figure out how you are going to have an impact on your world, on your community.

“We don’t need you to be the leaders of tomorrow. We need you to be the leaders of today.”

Grade 12 student Dana Thibeault told The Mirror having Trudeau at the school offered students a unique opportunity to see first hand how they can get involved.

“I’ve never been so close to a political leader before. It was really (great) being able to question him and get his input on the questions we have, instead of having to go through secondary sources to get answers,” she said, adding the school was buzzing prior to the visit.

“I think he really did (have an impact) because I’ve never seen the school so interested in politics before. They’ve been talking about it for weeks. I really hope he’s influenced a lot of students to vote once they become of age.”

Principal Denise Tinney said it was a thrill for students to have the opportunity to speak to someone who is so well-known in the political world about the issues facing the country and young people.

“Many of our students identify with him, so we’re very thrilled he’s chosen to come to St. Theresa’s,” she said. “I’m hoping they learn they do have a voice, even though they’re young.”

Trudeau told The Mirror his visit was not so much about teaching the students, but rather reminding them of how important they are.

“(It’s about) having them develop the confidence to be powerful agents of change and to be engaged citizens. To be able to be people who have a role to play in the world,” he said. “We need them to get interested and engaged with their communities (and) with their planet.

“We need them to demand more of their leaders and of their parents and of their friends to try to step up and try to shape a future that is better for everyone.”

It’s obvious many young people are drawn to the Liberal politician’s charisma and youthfulness, but Trudeau said it’s not so much about age as it is about habits of mind and being someone who is willing to challenge the status quo and existing authority.

“(I’m) willing to ask tough questions and demand tough answers of myself and of everyone else. That, more than anything else, is the kind of thing not only young people respond to, but also all Canadians

Trudeau tells students to dream big for Canada

Justin Trudeau believes politics aren’t interesting enough for young people. That’s what the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau told about 200 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Joseph, Meadowvale and Streetsville secondary school students today at Vic Johnston Community Centre in Streetsville.  

In Mississauga to attend Mississauga-Streetsville MP Bonnie Crombie’s town hall meeting, the MP for Papineau said youths catch a lot of flack for being apathetic and disconnected, but it’s politics that have to change in order to engage more people.

“What’s missing is a sense of story, a narrative, a grand plan that says the things we’re doing today fit into this vision of where the country’s going to go,” Trudeau told the gathering. “We need to start making politics about dreaming big for this country again.”

Trudeau says society in general “has gotten into the habit of demanding, ‘what have you done for me lately, what are you doing immediately, how are you going to fix the problem we’re in,’ and politicians have gotten into the habit of putting bandaids on the problem.”

He says it’s a matter of starting to think intelligently about the challenges we’re facing and changing our behaviour to be pro-active rather than reactive.  Trudeau adds that people need to start talking about how they’re going to shape the country to be more responsible and be a positive force for the rest of the world.

Many in Trudeau’s young audience were receptive to the message. Irina Samborski, Petra Kredatus and Haya Shihab, Grade 10 students at Streetsville Secondary, said Trudeau’s genuine concern about Canada serves as inspiration for them to engage in politics.  The 16-year-olds said they’ve realized they have much to be proud of as Canadians and are motivated to get involved in community groups.

Speaking to The News, Crombie, who co-chairs the Liberal caucus outreach committee with Trudeau, said he has a way of connecting with youths.

“(Trudeau) adds a little excitement wherever he goes so I thought the students would appreciate meeting someone one generation ahead of them who is dynamic and charismatic…,” she said. Trudeau said that after speaking to students and hearing their thoughts, he’s filled with a “tremendous sense of hope and optimism” that there are people who really get the issues and the challenges Canada faces.

Canada: The View from Gen-Y

I haven’t read the Canadian Constitution. Ditto for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – though I know I see that one framed on a wall every now and then. Can’t remember exactly which wall, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s when I’m in line at the post office. Sometimes I read a section or two and I smile and think, “well, isn’t that nice”. But, truth be told, I doubt I could cite any part in particular. So to ask me what it means to be a ‘child of the Charter’ (in other words, a young Canadian who came of age after its adoption)… well, it’s not so much that the answer is “nothing”, as it is a matter of re-phrasing the question.


If all the meaning that could be derived from being a ‘child of the Charter’ were simply based on its legal and political guarantees, then I would say there is no great distinction between the Charter and the intellectual heritage that comes as a result of being a citizen of any Western democracy. After all, I’m not about to believe that before 1982 Canadians didn’t enjoy the right to free speech or the freedom of mobility or the guarantee of an annual sitting of Parliament. As such, there wouldn’t be whole lot of difference between a Canadian born in the mid-1980s and one born in the late 1950s – they both get the same fuzzy feeling of knowing they can’t be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. And for that and many other rights and freedoms, they thank not Pierre Trudeau but the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights and the French and American Revolutions and a constellation of social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.


No, when we talk about being a ‘child of the Charter’ we are talking about the cultural undertones. It’s not what the Charter proclaims –by 1982 these were boilerplate liberal democratic principles– but rather the fact that its proclamations were an exercise in building a pan-Canadian identity. So what we’re asking, at the base level, is this: has it worked? Do we ‘feel Canadian’? Has that sense of collective identity been built for those born after the Charter was signed and mounted on all those walls in all those post offices? Just as importantly: how do young people address the question of what it means to be Canadian, or what identity means at all? What do they make of the history and institutions they have inherited? It’s possible that many young people do ‘feel Canadian’, but define that feeling in ways that previous generations wouldn’t have, and perhaps the drafters of the Charter did not envision or encourage.


In a way, this is all just a re-hashing of the question of Canadian identity in general. Feel free to be incredibly bored. But it’s also worth seeing if the Millennial generation can offer any better answers to our constant navel-gazing. Not that I can claim to represent all Millennial Canadians. I’ll offer one voice among many as we explore these issues, and you can make of that what you will.


Stay tuned…

La constitution Canadienne et le premier Référendum; Fil conducteur des générations suivantes

    Ces deux événements, pour ceux qui sont nées après leurs réalisations, suivit un éveil des sentiments et des émotions les poussant à l’implication et à une prise de conscience sociale et politique, mais surtout collective.  Que vous vous identifiiez comme Canadiens ou Québécois; immigrant ou pure laine; politique ou apolitique, l’importance de ces faits ne peut être niée.  La postérité qui s’est développée, étant chapeauté par ces histoires, s’est transformée en individus conscients de ce que l’action collective et solidaire pouvait accomplir.  Cette prise de conscience à donne naissance a des générations conscientes d’elles même en tant que peuple et nations, humaines et souveraines, en charge de leurs destins. 

     L’affirmation de soi passait par l’affirmation d’une identité nationale, distinguée et indépendante.  Une identité prête à se joindre aux autres pour formuler et réaliser des projets communs.  Malgré nos différences, ethniques, linguistiques ou philosophiques, notre humanité nous rassemble autour de ces projets communautaires.  Notre soif respective pour une identité nationale nous permet de nous unifier et de réaliser des desseins herculéens et illuminés; servant de phares pour ces garants du futur; les générations à venir.


    Malgré les imperfections et lacunes aussi nombreuses soient-elles, associées à ces deux projets, c’est leurs esprits et ce qu’ils symbolisent qui doivent êtres retenus et reproduits dans l’imaginaire de notre génération et de ceux qui suivent.  Voila ce que La Constitution Canadienne et le Premier Referendum symbolisent pour vos auteurs …le rassemblement d’une collectivité autour de projets qui visent à établir et concrétiser une identité propre, Canadienne et Québécoise et de promouvoir le bien commun.  Une tradition politique, un esprit commun et une raison d’être, que nous espérons communiquer et réanimer par le biais de ce projet.     







Montréal ma cité, Québec ma province, Canada my country

En français:

“Je me souviens,

que né dans un jardin de lys, de trèfle, de chardons et de roses

nourris par les esprits d’Amériques,

leurs pétales qui bruissaient dans les vents du vieux monde;

je grandis sous l’érable

aux feuilles rubis qui reflétaient les couleurs du jardin sous lui,

ses racines enfoncées dans la croyance que,

dans la diversité,

nous sommes un.”


In English:

“Je me souviens,

that born in a garden of lillies, shamrocks, thistles and roses,

watered by the spirits of the Americas,

its petals rustled by the winds of the old world;

I grow under a maple tree

with ruby leaves reflecting the colours of the garden below,

where its roots are under the belief

that in diversity,

we are one.”


In italiano:

“Je me souviens,

che nato in un giardino di gigli, trifogli, cardi e rose,

innafiatto dagli spiriti delle Americhe,

i suoi petali sussurrati dai venti del vecchio mondo;

cresco sotto un acero

con foglie di rubino che riflettono i colori del giardino sottostante,

dove le sue radici sono interrate nella convinzione che

nella diversità,

siamo una cosa sola.”


Ann kreyòl ayisyen:

“Je me souviens,

ke sa pran nesans nan yon jaden flè li, trèf, chadon ak roz,

ke lespri yo nan Amerik la te nouri,

petal yo ki te konn fè bri nan van ansyen mond lan,

mwen grandi anba yon pye erab

ak fèy ruby kite reflete koulè yo ki nan jaden anba a,

kote rasin yo ki  anba kwayans lan ke,

nan divèsite a,

nou fè yon sèl.”


En Español:

“Je me souviens,

que haber nacido en un jardín de lirios, tréboles, cardos y rosas,

regadas por los espíritus de las Américas,

pétalos susurrados por los vientos del viejo mundo;

crezco bajo el erable

con hojas de color rubí que reflejan los colores del jardín abajo,

sustentados por raices enterrados en la creencia

sobre la diversidad,

somos uno.”


Em português:

“Je me souviens,

que nascido num jardim de lírios, trevos, cardos e rosas,

regados pelos espíritos das Américas,

pétalas rufladas pelos ventos do velho mundo;

cresço sob um bordo

com folhas de rubi que refletem as cores do jardim abaixo,

sustentados por raízes enterrados na crença

da diversidade,

somos um.”


Հայերեն :

Je me souviens,

որ ծնվել է այգում եւ Շուշաններ, երեքնուկ, տատասկէն եւ վարդեր

ցօղարկուած կողմից հոգիների Ամերիկաներում,

նրա ծաղկաթերթ խշշալիրար անցնել է քամիների հին աշխարհի.

Ես աճում տակ թխկու ծառի

հետ մուգ կարմիր գույն տերեւների արտացոլող գույները այգին ստորեւ,

որտեղ նրա արմատները գտնվում են այն համոզմունքով,

որ բազմազանության,

մենք մէկ ենք


Στα Ελληνικα :

Je me souviens,

γεννήθηκε σε ένα κήπο απο κρίνα, τριφύλλια, αγκάθια και τριαντάφυλλα,

ποτίζεται από τα πνεύματα της Αμερικής,

ακούστηκε το θρόισμα των πετάλων του από τους ανέμους του παλιού κόσμου.

Μεγαλώνω κάτω από ένα πλάτανο

με ρουμπινένια φύλλα αντανακλώντας τα χρώματα του παρακάτω κήπου,

όπου οι ρίζες του είναι υπό την πεποίθηση

ότι στην πολυμορφία,

είμαστε ένα.



Türkçe :

Je me souviens,

Zambak, yonca, diken ve güllerle dolu

Yapraklarının eski kıtanın rüzgarlarıyla hışırdadığı

Amerika’nın ruhuyla yıkanmıs bir bahçede doğdum

Yeryüzünde ki bu bahçenin bütün renklerini yansıtan yakut rengi yapraklı

Bu çeşitliliğin içinde hepimizin bir olduğu

Bir akçaağacın altında büyüdüm.


باللغة العربية :

Je me souviens,

wolidto fi 7adikat zohoor al zanbak, al nafl al bari, wa al shawk

wa al worood alati sukiyat bi roo7 honood america al asliyoon

awrak tijan zohooriha natija min riya7 al 3alam al kadim

namawt wa kabirto ta7ta ashjar al kaykab bi 3asaliha al rabani

wa awrakiha al yakootiya ta3kiso alwan al 7adika asfaliha

wa 7aytho jothoriha tatanawa3o min al iman

nakool anna wa7id

أَتَذَكَرُ وُلِد َفِي حَدِيِقَةِ الزَمْبَقِ ، الَنَفْلَةِ،الشُوكِ وَ الوُرُودِ. مُطْعَمُونَ مِن رُوح الهُنُودِ . بَتِلاَةٌ كَانَتْ تَظُجُّ فِي رِيَاحِ الْعَالَمِ الْقَدِيمِ. كَبِرْتُ تَحْتَ اْلقَيقَبِ. وَرَقٌ يَاُقُوتِيٌ تَعْكِسُ أَلْوَانَ الْحَدِيقَةِ تَحْتَهُ. جُذُورُهُ غُرِسَتْ فِي الإِيمًانِ وَ فِي الْتَّنَّوعِ. نَحْنُ وَاحِدٌ.

Rassemblir les forces pour mieux agir

Rassembler les forces pour mieux agir

S’unir pour travailler ensemble au service des résidents de leurs circonscriptions, tel est l’objectif de la Table des élus qui regroupe les responsables des différents paliers gouvernementaux, concernés par le sort de Villeray – Saint-Michel – Parc-Extension. Une initiative portée par Anie Samson, maire de l’arrondissement.

Marion Perrier

« Nous avions la volonté de travailler avec l’ensemble des élus, sur les dossiers qui nous touchent tous », explique Anie Samson. Alors que les territoires des circonscriptions municipales, provinciales et fédérales se recoupent, la collaboration des différents élus est en effet la bienvenue. La table regroupe ainsi le maire d’arrondissement, les conseillers de districts mais aussi les députés provinciaux et les députés fédéraux.

« Certains dossiers affectent tout le monde et nous souhaitons éviter les redoublements d’effort en y travaillant ensemble », raconte Massimo Pacetti, député de Saint-Léonard Saint-Michel.  Réunis toutes les six semaines, les élus ont ainsi pu aborder dans leur première rencontre les dossiers de la résidence Alfredo Gagliardi, de la situation financière de l’arrondissement et de l’organisation des fêtes nationales du Québec et du Canada.  « L’objectif est de favoriser l’échange d’informations entre nous, on travaille ensemble comme n’importe quelle équipe se rencontre dans une entreprise », souligne Gerry Skalvounos, député de Laurier-Dorion.

Au sein de la table, chacun apporte ainsi son expertise et ses compétences particulières. « C’est important que les élus municipaux soient informés de ce qui se passe à Québec ou à Ottawa, concernant le budget provincial par exemple », remarque Emmanuel Dubourg, député de Viau.
« Nous avons la chance d’avoir des élus très présents sur le terrain. On se croise beaucoup mais en fixant des dates de rencontre, on s’assure de réunir tout le monde pour discuter des dossiers », raconte Anie Sanson.

«  Les citoyens ne comprennent pas toujours les différents niveaux de gouvernement, en confrontant nos informations, nous pouvons faire front commun», souligne Justin Trudeau, député fédéral de Papineau. Une collaboration rendue possible par le désir commun de mieux servir les citoyens. « Nous avons évacué toute forme de partisanerie politique de nos discussions, ces rencontres ne ressemblent pas à un mini Parlement mais plutôt à une table ronde », raconte Gerry Sklavounos.

« C’est la première fois, depuis que je suis impliquée en politique, que je vois les élus des différents paliers se rassembler dans l’intérêt des citoyens », ajoute Mary Deros, conseillère du district de Parc-Extension. Dans un arrondissement où la concertation entre les différents acteurs communautaires et institutionnels est déjà reconnue pour son dynamisme, nul doute que la Table des élus permettra d’améliorer encore l’écoute et l’aide apportée aux citoyens. « On est là pour eux », conclut Anie Samson.

Introducing, Generation Y! Y for “Yes Oui Can(ada)”

I, along with thousands from my generation, was born in a city, a province, a nation and a country with quarrelling male inséparables: the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau as our firm and loving biological father and the late former Premier Ministre of Quebec René Lévesque as our passionate and determined stepfather. Who were these men, whom many of us have never met, but whose legacies have so greatly affected our lives and still do to this day?

We are the conflicted children of the Canadian Constitution (including the notwithstanding clause) and Charter of Rights and Freedoms of April 17, 1982 who have grown up ‘housed’ in a newly built Québécois home constructed after the Quebec Referendum of May 20, 1980. We are, by nature, Canadian and in the St. Lawrence Valley our beliefs, our ideals and our universality have been nurtured. Will this be the way that Canadian history will remember us?

In honour of the anniversaries of these historic events a series of blogs will be launched which will attempt to address questions like “What does it mean to be a descendent of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (in Quebec and in other provinces)? How does our generation perceive this ‘privilege’? How has the 1980 Referendum affected this generation’s identity and sense of belonging within Quebec, Canada and in other provinces (with special attention placed on the Anglophones and Allophones that were born in Quebec since 1980)?”

I encourage discussion from all perspectives (I would demand it if I could). This is as much a quest for me as it is for you.

If you are interested in contributing as a guest blogger, check out my social networks and get a hold of me any way you see fit.

À bientôt but in the meantime, enjoy the selection of media pieces that I have chosen appropriate for the occasion.

Relevant videos / movies:


René Lévesque and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, two of Canada’s chief political protagonists, are the focus of this series. Using rare photos, newsreel footage and interviews with close political colleagues, the film provides the background to the struggle between the two men and their ideologies. In doing so, it helps to illuminate a great crisis in Canadian history. The Champions, Part 1: Unlikely Warriors covers their early years, from university in the early 1950s through to 1967, the year Lévesque left the Liberal Party and Trudeau became the federal minister of justice (57 min. 27 sec.). The Champions, Part 2: Trappings of Power takes us to 1977, a period that saw Trudeau win three federal elections, the 1970 October Crisis, and the rise to power of the Parti Québécois (55 min. 44 sec.). The Champions, Part 3: The Final Battle covers the years between 1976 and 1986 and reveals the turbulent, behind-the-secnes dramas during the Québec referendum and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. In so doing, it also traces the course of each man’s fall from power and illuminates turning points in recent Canadian history.
1994, 199 min 47 s

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National Film Board of Canada

The Champions, Part 1: Unlikely Warriors


This three-part documentary uses rare photos, newsreel footage and interviews to trace the careers of René Lévesque and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Part 1 chronicles their early years, from university in the early 1950s through to 1967, the year Lévesque left the Liberal Party and Trudeau became the federal minister of justice.
1978, 57 min 10 s

The Champions, Part 2: Trappings of Power


This three-part documentary uses rare photos, newsreel footage and interviews to trace the careers of René Lévesque and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Part 2 covers the years from 1967 to 1977, a colorful decade that saw Trudeau win three federal elections; the 1970 October Crisis; and the sweeping rise to power of the Parti Québecois.
1978, 55 min 35 s

The Champions, Part 3: The Final Battle


The third in a trilogy of films on two of Canada’s most brilliant politicians — Pierre Elliott Trudeau and René Lévesque — covering the years between 1976 and 1986. Using newsreel footage and interviews with key political strategists, the film reveals the turbulent, behind-the-scene dramas during the Québec referendum and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. In so doing, it also traces the course of each man’s fall from power and illuminates turning points in recent Canadian history.
1986, 87 min 02 s