Pierre Trudeau: Liberal Leadership Convention Victory Speech

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`“Canada must be unified. Canada must be one. Canada must be progressive and Canada must be a Just Society” – Pierre Trudeau, Liberal Leadership Convention victory speech. He had been an author, political activist, lawyer, journalist and law professor for half of his life, but none of these professions would satisfy his ambitions personality. Within three years after he first held public office, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was the head of the Canadian government. On April 20th, 1968 the bilingual Liberal party leader became Canada's 15th Prime Minister. For the next 16 years as Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau would liberate millions of Canadians lives and forever change Canadian history in a way that no other politician has.…show more content…
In 1965, along with Gerard Pelletier Pierre was invited by Jean Merchand, to run for a seat in the Member of Parliament as Liberal candidates. Pierre accepted the invitation, saying in his acceptance speech, “I thought it was perhaps time for me to try stop criticizing others and start try to do something. And if I succeed well or even if I don't, I'll go further to criticize me and I hope I will get the heck out of this if I can't do a good job (2).” That same year in November 8th, the three Liberal candidates, known as the “Three Wise Men” were elected as Members of Parliament. As a very new Member of Parliament, Prime Minister Lester Pearson appointed Trudeau as his parliamentary secretary. After only sixteen months as a Member of Parliament, the Prime Minister promoted Trudeau to be one of his senior cabinet ministers by making him the Minister of Justice. As Minister of Justice, Pierre gained national attention for his introduction of divorce law reform and for Criminal Code amendments liberalizing the laws on abortion, homosexuality and public lotteries (4). When Prime Minster Lester Pearson announced that he intended to retire from public office in late 1967, many long-time elected Liberal members touched off a leadership campaign to choose his successor. This development did not affect Pierre personally at…show more content…
The first was the defeat of the referendum on Quebec sovereignty, called by the Parti Québécois government of René Lévesque. Trudeau campaigned vigorously against the separatists and played a significant role in the victory of the 'No' vote in the Quebec Referendum on Sovereignty Association, 1980. In the wake of that victory, Trudeau pushed strongly for an accord on a new Canadian constitution. Trudeau needed the co-operation of all the provinces to achieve in making the constitution. Negotiations last for 18 months during which dissenting ministers, along with rulings from the Supreme Court and various provincial courts, threatened to foil the efforts. Trudeau reached an agreement with nine of the Premiers, with the notable exception of Lévesque. Quebec's refusal to agree to the new constitution became a source of continued acrimony between the federal and Quebec governments. The Charter is intended to protect certain political and civil rights of people in Canada from the policies and actions of all levels of government. It is also supposed to unify Canadians around a set of principles that embody those rights. The Charter was preceded by the Canadian Bill of Rights, which was introduced by the government of John Diefenbaker in 1960. However, the Bill of Rights was only a federal statute, rather than a constitutional document. The Constitution Act of 1982 was proclaimed and signed by Queen Elizabeth II in

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