Journalist Nancy Southam was a neighbour and close friend of Pierre Trudeau. As such, she knew many of the people who made up his life, from those who worked with him – but behind the scenes – in Ottawa, to the staff that saw to his needs at home, from the companions with whom he debated ideas to those (sometimes the same people) who shared his strong faith, and from his canoeing buddies to his women friends.
With the blessing of his family, she has now gathered the personal reminiscences of many of these friends and acquaintances (some of whom have never spoken publicly before) into an oral memoir that is by turns touching, bracing, funny, wry, illuminating, affectionate, and occasionally touched with barely disguised awe.
Among the contributors are such well-known figures as Boutros Boutros- Ghali, Barbra Streisand, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Gordon Pinsent, Christopher Plummer, Toni Onley, Michael Snow, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Margot Kidder, and government colleagues such as Allan MacEachen, to his children’s nannies, the caretaker at his house in Montreal, and the many friends of his beloved sons.
Frank, illuminating, and heartfelt, this collection will help shed some light on the man we all surmised was there.