Pierre:: Colleagues and Friends Talk about the Trudeau They Knew

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Pierre: Colleagues and Friends Talk about the Trudeau They Knew

It has been more than three decades since the heady days of Trudeaumania, and yet Pierre Elliott Trudeau is still a subject of intense public fascination. When Trudeau died in 2000, the outpouring of emotion was extraordinary. Thousands of people across Canada – and all over the world – mourned the loss of one of our greatest prime ministers, a man who touched the hearts and challenged the minds of a nation.

As Trudeau’s close friend, Nancy Southam has gathered more than one hundred and fifty reminiscences and anecdotal narratives about him from all over the globe. Included in this astonishing collection are stories from people who worked for Trudeau in the PMO, long-time friends, journalists, former world leaders, politicians who battled and debated him, his sons’ friends, RCMP bodyguards, girlfriends, canoeing buddies, the household staff at the prime ministerial residences, and those who glimpsed his religious life. With the blessing of his sons, Justin and Sacha, Southam has put together a remarkably transparent account of an intensely private man that is funny, affectionate, moving, startling, and emotional.

Among the contributors are Monique Bégin, Conrad Black, Jimmy Carter, Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Leonard Cohen, Jim Coutts, Joyce Fairbairn, John Kenneth Galbraith, Ivan Head, Jacques Hébert, Margot Kidder, Toni Onley, Christopher Plummer, Karen Kain, Marc Lalonde, Harrison McCain, Gordon Pinsent, Roy Romanow, Ed Schreyer, and Barbra Streisand. These pieces are accompanied by over a hundred photographs and illustrations – some published here for the first time.

Honest, illuminating, and heartfelt, this collection adds greatly to the historical record of Trudeau, and sheds fresh light on the private man.

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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 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 thought was there.

About the Author:

Journalist and author Nancy Southam has worked for a variety of Canadian newspapers and magazines. She has previously edited a book entitled Remembering Richard: An Informal Portrait of Richard Hatfield. Southam was a neighbour, travelling companion, and close friend of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s in Montreal.

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