Images of Canada's Passionate StatesmanBook - 2010
Under his watch The Official Languages Act of 1969 was passed, recognizing English and French as official languages. In 1970 he faced the October Crisis, and he invoked the War Measures Act to stem civil unrest and prevent further kidnappings and killings of Canadian and foreign officials. He implored world leaders to reduce nuclear weapons stocks in his effort to bring peace to a war-stricken world. In 1982, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the new Constitution Act, which repatriated the Canadian constitution. In April of 1982, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was passed, entrenching individual and language rights in the fabric of this nation.
Trudeau married a beautiful flower child from Vancouver, Margaret Sinclair, and together they had three sons. The youngest, Michel, was killed while on a back-country skiing trip in Kokanee Glacier Park in 1998. The surviving sons, Justin and Alexandre, provide their insights into the photographs that comprise this book-photographs that capture the many sides and dimensions of a man who would not be denied political and social change that he felt would benefit all Canadians in a united country. His vision was gr∧ his challenges many; his legacy still keenly felt today and for generations to come.