Against the Current: Selected Writings 1939-1996

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McClelland & Stewart, 1996 - Political Science - 340 pages
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Gerard Pelletier has brought together a wide variety of excerpts and articles to make up this collection. It includes representative pieces from Trudeau's youth, selections from previously published books and journals, as well as speeches, interviews, letters written to newspapers, and classic essays from his time as a founding contributor to the magazine Cite libre. From beginning to end, whether writing about Utopia or the constitutional compromises wrought by his political opponents, Trudeau demonstrates that he has had no equal, counterpart, or successor in Canadian public life.

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Contents

Relative Utopia Bribeuf 1939
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Interest in Public Affairs Citi libre 1965
25
Approaches to Politics VRAI 1958
67
Copyright

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau was a politician, writer, constitutional lawyer, and prime minister of Canada (1968-79, 1980-84). It was his forthright approach and candid opposition to the dominant ideology and what passed for conventional wisdom that won him strong support as well as criticism. During his years in Ottawa, as justice minister and prime minister, he introduced controversial measures ranging from wage-and-price controls and restrictions on foreign investment, to expanded rights for homosexuals. Some of his major accomplishments include the 1980 defeat of Quebec separatism, official bilingualism, the patriated Constitution, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is also known for his opposition to the much-publicized Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords. Trudeau was awarded the Albert Einstein Peace Prize for his efforts in 1983-1984 to reduce nuclear weapons and lower the level of Cold War tensions.
Trudeau published a number of books with McClelland & Stewart including: "Memoirs (1993), "The Canadian Way: Shaping Canada's Foreign Policy (with Ivan Head, 1995)," Against the Current: Selected Writings (edited by Gerard Pelletier, 1996), and "The Essential Trudeau (edited by Ron Graham, 1998).
When Pierre Elliot Trudeau died in 2000, a nation mourned the loss of one of our greatest prime ministers and most celebrated patriots.

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