Pierre Elliott TRUDEAU

TRUDEAU, The Right Hon. Pierre Elliott, P.C., C.C., C.H., Q.C., M.A., LL.L., LL.D., F.R.S.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Mount Royal (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 18, 1919
Deceased Date
September 28, 2000
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Trudeau
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=3e66b4c9-6dae-4083-8d96-5d3f94979e94&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, professor of law, writer

Parliamentary Career

November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (January 7, 1966 - April 3, 1967)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (April 4, 1967 - April 19, 1968)
  • President of the Privy Council (March 11, 1968 - April 19, 1968)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • President of the Privy Council (April 20, 1968 - May 1, 1968)
  • Prime Minister (April 20, 1968 - June 3, 1979)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Prime Minister (April 20, 1968 - June 3, 1979)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (April 20, 1968 - June 3, 1979)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (April 20, 1968 - June 3, 1979)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (April 20, 1968 - June 3, 1979)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Prime Minister (March 3, 1980 - June 29, 1984)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 3967)


June 29, 1984

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Hon. Member for remembering what I said two weeks ago and for remembering what he said to me 23 years ago. I assure him that I have always respected his sense of dedication to Canada and the means that he used in order to further the Canadian common weal.

I must say that this House has been very supportive of the peace initiative. All Parties have joined in a very difficult negotiation, and a very successful one, in ensuring that the Peace Institute would be created by this Parliament. I am particularly grateful to the committee chairman, the Hon. Member for Saint-Denis, who ensured the difficult negotiations which permitted the passage in committee and, of course, to my colleague, the Secretary of State for External Affairs who, with the Hon. Member for Yukon and the Hon. Member for New Westminster-Coquitlam, was able to give life to this Institute. I am sure the Hon. Member for Winnipeg-North Centre will, like me, in our respective retirements wish all those who will be involved in the Institute and in the pursuit of

June 29, 1984

Petitions

peace, which is so dear and so close to Canadian ideals, well, and watch with approval their work in that line.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP CONVENTION-PRIME MINISTER'S SPEECH
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June 29, 1984

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, 1 thank the Hon. Leader of the Opposition for his good wishes. I will remember this place with no nostalgia but some kindness, and certainly I have been honoured to serve the people of Canada as best I could in this place for some years. I am very proud of it.

With respect to the matter that he raises, I put it to the Leader of the Opposition that he might want to associate himself with the response of the Government to the recommendations of the Task Force on Visible Minorities when we did express regrets at what had happened to the Canadians of Japanese ancestry on the occasion of the Second World War, and when we announced the setting up of a fund in order to promote racial equality in Canada.

If the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the New Democratic Party want to go that far, I think it would be a progressive step, and an encouraging one.

I am not sure what more the Hon. Leader of the Opposition would have in mind when he talks about redressing an historic wrong. There is no way in which we can relive the history of that period. In that sense, we cannot redress what was done. We can express regret collectively, as we have done.

If the Hon. Leader of the Opposition intends going further and indemnifying individual Canadians with sums of money, I think he should make it clear. I know that there is a fair amount of confusion in that. I would have respect for him if he suggested that, and made some provision for the many millions of dollars that would be involved, but the sum of money is not the main question. The main question is how many other historic wrongs have to be righted.

Even today we know that there are people living in Manitoba who have been deprived of their constitutional right since 1890, and who are deprived of a very real freedom of expression in that province. It is not of the same material order as the deprivation that the Japanese Canadians suffered after the war, but I think a deprivation of the spirit of a freedom is also worth some redress. Yet this Government has never suggested that they be given money. We have just suggested that we right the wrong which has been perpetrated in these recent months by a Conservative Government in Manitoba. I know that the Leader of the Opposition shares the regret that we on this side have for that. I just hope that his fellow Tories, if they are so anxious to right wrongs in the case of Japanese Canadians, will think of these wrongs and will do something to right them.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VISIBLE MINORITIES
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June 29, 1984

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I would not intend to be a valedictorian today. However, the best advice I could give to the people of this country, to continue to help solving these problems, would be to vote Liberal in the next election.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PLIGHT OF SINGLE FEMALE PARENTS
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June 29, 1984

Mr. Trudeau:

And you are sick if you are trying to take one wrong out of Canadian history and make great speeches about it and say that we-excuse me, Mr. Speaker, through you- say that we are going to deal with this particular problem because there is a particular pressure group now. We could mount pressure groups across this country on many areas where there have been historic wrongs. I do not think it is the purpose of a Government to right the past. It cannot re-write history. It is our purpose to be just in our time, and that is what we have done by bringing in the Charter of Rights.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT APOLOGIZE
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June 29, 1984

Mr. Trudeau:

I do not see how I can apologize for some historic event to which we or these people in this House were not a party. We can regret that it happened. But why mount to great heights of rhetoric in order to say that an apology is much better than an expression of regret? This I cannot too well understand. All I am asking the Leader of the Opposition is why only regret this particular aspect of our history? He mentions the Liberal Government of 1890. Why doesn't his Party, as a Party, apologize for those events too, to the French Canadians? Why don't they do that? Why does the Leader of the Opposition not use the same amount of rhetoric for this? Why does he not apologize for what happened to Riel? Why

June 29, 1984

Oral Questions

does he not apologize for what happened during the Second World War to mothers and fathers of people sitting in this House who went to concentration camps? I know some of them, Mr. Speaker. They were not Japanese Canadians. They were Canadians of Italian or German origin, or some old French Canadians who went to jail, who went to concentration camps during the Second World War. Why do we not apologize to them?

I do not follow the Leader of the Opposition who talks about my political partisanship. Why suddenly only the Japanese, Mr. Speaker? Why suddenly only the Japanese Canadians? Is it because there are votes in it?

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Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT APOLOGIZE
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