by Maxine Trottier
illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel
48 pages; Ages 7 to 10
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
6" X 9"
About the Book
Take a walk through history and learn about some of the great leaders who have helped make Canada great. Includes the stories of
Jeanne Mance, Joseph Brant, Sir John A. Macdonald, Sam Steele and Pierre Trudeau.
After finishing school, Pierre backpacked through eastern Europe and parts of Asia. He applied his talents to a number of careers. In the 1950s he was a political writer for Cité Libre in Montreal, and later a professor of law.
But politics called to him. Pierre Trudeau was elected as a Liberal member of Parliament in 1965. Trudeau was not the usual political figure. Floppy hats, capes and a red rose in the buttonhole of his lapel were his trademarks. He liked skiing, whitewater canoeing and sliding down banisters. One day he was criticized for what he was wearing in the House of Commons. Instead of a regular tie, he wore a yellow ascot with his button-down shirt. Not bothered in the least, Trudeau said that "people are more interested in ideas than dress."
Within three years Pierre Trudeau became the leader of the Liberal party and Canada's 15th prime minister, taking over from Lester B. Pearson when he retired in early 1968. In June there was an election. Trudeaumania (a word that described his popularity) grew rapidly, and he won.