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Trudeau, Pierre

Jesuit, acrobat, and Canadian Prime Minister 1968-84 (with short breaks) and a current object of nostalgia as the last Canadian political leader with a connected brain and spinal cord. It’ll be fifty years before it’s clear whether he was a great statesman or a blundering egomaniac who poisoned the country permanently by repatriating the constitution. Trudeau’s death in 2000, the outpouring of respect and admiration that resulted, and Jean Chretien’s studied ignoring of it during the recent general election demonstrates how far from liberalism the Liberal Party has wandered.

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