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Please note this essay was marked in the form of an oral report along with visual aides However it could be used as a straight essay Pierre Elliott Trudeau Trudeau was born in Montreal in October 1919 to a fairly wealthy family His mother Grace Elliott his mother was a fairly quiet refined woman of Scottish descent But his father Charles was almost the exact opposite Loud very outgoing athletic and highly opinionated he was an entrepreneur who made his fortune on a chain of gas stations Most people even Pierre himself say that he is much more like his father although Charles Trudeau died when Pierre was only 15 After high school Trudeau studied law at the University de Montreal There though when he became the Universitys student body leader was the first time he realized he was interested in politics Years later he became parliamentary secretary to then-Prime Minister Lester Pearson Soon after he became Justice Minister Trudeau was paving his way to running the country In 1968 Pierre Trudeau burst onto the scene and after a hard-fought election battle became Prime Minister Right away he learned the tricks of the trade at least when appearing in public Many people regarded him as a made-for-TV politician Trudeau was intelligent charming witty and athletic He also dated glamorous and famous women at the time such as Barbara Streisand All of this and the favourable media attention it brought caused the start of Trudeaumania But his incredible popularity would not last for long After about a month in power Trudeau proposed the extremely controversial Official Languages Act which guaranteed a bilingual country That meant that both French and English would become official languages He could not stand Quebec separatists who wanted a French-speaking only province He thought they were quote stupid and was not shy to tell them what he thought He sometimes gave the finger to protestors from his passing limousine This caused
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