• Pearson, quoted in Trudeau's , said, "the Trudeau campaign completely bewilders the old pros like Paul Martin, who could not understand the secret of its success.
He is the second child in Canadian history to be born while one of his parents was prime minister; the first was John A.As justice minister he introduced legislation that broadened grounds for divorce and abortions and abolished penalties for homosexual acts between consenting adults, with the famous remark, "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation." One of Trudeau's first moves as prime minister was to make Canada a bilingual country, with the Official Languages Act, which gave French and English equal status by law.Trudeau also "brought home" the Canadian constitution with the Constitution Act of 1982, rectifying an anomaly from the previous century that required the amending process to be approved by the British Parliament.• After announcing his candidacy, Trudeau's theme was the Just Society -- Canada as a truly bicultural, bilingual, federated state independent from Britain and the U. In 2000, the Globe and Mail reprinted several different newspaper quotes from the period: • "Cool, but looking a trifle bewildered, Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau slipped into the Ontario Liberal convention yesterday, stole the show from his prospective rivals and placed himself at the brink of entering the federal leadership race [...].One of the province's most powerful Liberals, who said he had met Mr. ' Here we are thinking seriously of electing a man whom most of the people in the party have never seen,'" (Geoffrey Stevens, the Globe and Mail, Feb."His National Energy Program in 1980, designed to increase Canadian ownership of the oil industry from 15 percent to 50 percent, to introduce conservation measures, and to revise the division of oil revenues between the producing provinces and the federal government created immense controversy.The province of Alberta and the United States government both retaliated against what they regarded as `anti-Alberta' and `anti-American' actions. Pearson announced his retirement in December 1967, upstart justice minister Pierre Trudeau seemed like an unlikely choice to succeed him as Liberal leader.Even Trudeau himself didn't think it was a possibility.Canadians thought of Paul Martin, or even of Paul Hellyer, in the context of Mackenzie King.Pierre Trudeau's Just Society In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau had just become Canada's fifteenth prime minister.