After their divorce, he raised their sons mostly by himself.Trudeau thus became the first Canadian Prime Minister to become a single parent as the result of divorce.Canadian lawyer, politician and 15th Prime Minister of Canada from 1968.He married Margaret on 4 March 1971, 28 years his junior; they separated in 1976 and divorced in 1983. In 1989 he published "Towards a Just Society: The Trudeau Years," a collection of essays by him and associates about the periods from 1968 to 1984 when he was prime minister.Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 1919-2000Flamboyant and contradictory, as cerebral as he was physical, he enchanted, inspired - and at times enraged - Canadians with his vision and his passion for the country.He changed Canada forever, and in the process, he touched our souls.
And when the news broke that Trudeau had died of prostate cancer - he had battled pneumonia, compounded by the onset of Parkinson's disease and, perhaps, the depression he felt ever since the 1998 death of his third son, Michel - the tributes came from Canadians of all backgrounds and political persuasions.His Liberals had lost the election to Joe Clark's Progressive Conservatives in the spring, and he was struggling with the unaccustomed role of leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. meeting on Parliament Hill, the 20-odd students were squirming nervously in their seats when, one later recalled, "you could feel him enter before you saw or heard him."In battered sports jacket and casual pants, Trudeau strode energetically to the front of the room and perched, half-sitting, on a table. " After a moment's stunned silence, a student asked Trudeau why, as prime minister, he had not used his constitutional power to disallow recent Parti Québécois legislation that declared French to be Quebec's only official language. For Canadians, it always seemed that way with Trudeau - there were no half measures, and no telling what he might do or say next.Without a hello, he gestured at the group and said, "What are your hopes? But whether they were enchanted, enraged or rebuffed by the man who was their prime minister for 15 years and five months, they were never indifferent to him. 7, when his sons Justin and Sacha issued a statement declaring that their father was "not well" and asking for privacy, Canadians instead turned their attention towards Trudeau again. “I do want to make one thing perfectly, crystal clear,” Trudeau said, his ministers standing behind him. The kidnappers demanded money or threatened to kill him.It was largely free of the hesitation – the verbal tick of ums and ahs – that sometimes punctuate Trudeau’s speech.