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Friday, April 07, 2006

Pierre, we hardly knew ye

A new book, Young Trudeau: 1919-1944, Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, reveals that a young Pierre Trudeau belonged to a secret society that favoured the creation of a monocultural, independent Quebec. The Globe and Mail's story on the book goes so far as to use the expression "pro-fascist" to describe the young Mr. Trudeau's leanings.

Well, at least he wasn't a communist (yet?).

Anyway, this would finally seem to explain the old story about Trudeau's being seen wearing a vintage German army helmet while riding around rural Quebec on his motorcycle during the Second World War.

One is also reminded of the controversy involving Jean-Louis Roux, who was forced to resign as Quebec's Governor-General in 1996 after it was revealed "he pencilled a swastika on his medical lab coat and took part in an anti-conscription demonstration with anti-Semitic overtones" during the war. See Maclean's story on the affair here.

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"The Globe and Mail's story on the book goes so far as to use the expression "pro-fascist" to describe the young Mr. Trudeau's leanings.

Well, at least he wasn't a communist (yet?)."
Terry O'Neill

There is no dichotomy between communism and fascism. That there is, is a fallacy promoted by communist university professors.

Posted by: Speller | 2006-04-07 7:40:55 AM

I'll take it as a given that everyone here realizes that the entire Trudeau clan is evil and must be destroyed?

I say we send them on a back-country ski trip... One way.

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-04-07 8:42:48 AM

I am still trying to figure out is how the intellectual cream of crop in the news media fell for the charade of democracy that Trudeau pretended to support in Canada. This guy was an outright fascist from day one. There wasn't an egalitarian bone in his body and he was the self-proclaimed intellectual giant of our time. All you had to do was ask him, he'd tell ya.
So how come people in this country so easily accepted him to be the one to define 'equality' and stiff us with it in the constitution?
The most unequal guy in the country defines 'equality' for a nation?
Can you say bizarre?

'Nothing is ever settled until it is settled right'.

Posted by: rockyt | 2006-04-07 12:01:45 PM

"Anyway, this would finally seem to explain the old story about Trudeau's being seen wearing a vintage German army helmet while riding around rural Quebec on his motorcycle during the Second World War."

On can only dream of an alternate universe... link to: http://cole.cooper.googlepages.com/workinprogress

Posted by: Coop | 2006-04-07 2:43:37 PM


When he first made the political scene, he was very charismatic - fluently bilingual - very eloquent - the darling of central Canada - and worst of all, the West was not paying any real attention because our votes at that time counted for nothing. The west found him both intriguing and charming, I think. (Until the NEP in 1882/83). The information age had not really arrived at that point in time.

The Official Bilingualism Act (1969), The patreation of the Constitution (with embeded Charter of Rights, 1982), the Multicultural Policies, were all brought in when the Liberals had a majority in parliament. There was no Canada-wide referendum on any of these pieces of legislation so here we are.

Posted by: calgary clipper | 2006-04-08 1:02:39 AM

rockyt: Good question: So how come people in this country so easily accepted him to be the one to define 'equality' and stiff us with it in the consitution?

I've been trying to figure this out for the last 40 years. I was in my late teens when Trudeau swept onto the scene and, frankly, I was never taken in by his antics. I smelled a rat when I saw him in that black fedora and black cape, with that rose in his mouth. He looked to me like some kind of crazed idiot--though that wasn't the dominant view of him. After Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker, and as we were entering in the mid-sixites into the era of the cult of the celebrity, I guess he seemed pretty suave and "cool" to a lot of Canadians--certainly to most of the members of the MSM.

Maybe it's something in the Canadian water (well, east of Alberta) that we're so taken--and so taken in--by half-baked, juvenile ideas. Anyway, "everybody" hung on Trudeau's every word, every antic, and every idea. As the "intelligentsia" in the Western world were casting us adrift from our Judeo-Christian moorings, PET was happily navigating Canada into its new incarnation as La-La Land. Equality for everyone EXCEPT for those with deeply held and time-tested values, especially if they were English. Quite quickly, and without enough opposition, he dismantled the Canada my father and grandfather's fought for and, like the malevolent magus he was, completely changed the Canadian ethos.

I'm still scratching my head as to how the Canada of my youth--internationally respected, a serious seat at the table, more than pulling its weight in the world on every front--has become a non-entity on the world stage, except to the Kyoto/Equality crowd, and is actually a bit of a laughing stock. We're light-weights now, courtesy of Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his puppets and panderers.

When he died, though I felt a natural sympathy for his family and his friends who had loved him, I was astonished at the outpouring of grief and the thousands who lined the railway tracks to send him off. I couldn't help thinking, "You guys, you still don't get it, do you? This man has ruined Canada. We're a mess, and PET was pretty much the main author of our slide to worse-than-mediocrity."

THANK GOD for PMSH and our new government. I finally feel that we're being governed by grownups, who can maybe put the breaks on the Nanny State PET bequeathed the nation (thanks, Pierre).

Posted by: new kid on the block | 2006-04-09 4:24:10 PM

Correction: In the last sentence in my previous posting "breaks" should read "brakes."

Posted by: new kid on the block | 2006-04-09 4:26:46 PM

If I were Harper, I would begin a policy of de-Trudeauization, starting with removing his name from Montreal airport and those scholarships. It's like having the Augusto Pinochet Airport or the Robert Mugabe Scholarship.

PET was a heartless tyrant who worked for the Toronto corporations. he invaded Quebec and robbed Alberta to serve their ends. Any and all things that bear his name will have to be eliminated. Just as Germany was purged of Nazis, Canada will be scoured of Trudeauists no matter where they are. We've had enough fascism for one era.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-04-09 4:49:25 PM

Agreed Scott and new kid on the block - I was too young to vote for PET the first time he won an election and being young and stupid I would have maybe voted for him to show how 'modern and intelligent' I was!! Good reason to NEVER lower the voting age. My Dad was 'on to the PET (TY) thingie also and he proceeded to educate all his kids with some facts about that rat. I don't know where he found the info on pet's deportation from U.S.A. when he was out flirting with Castro and Che and things got a little too rough for our little spoiled rich boy and he drifted to the shore of the mighty U.S. on a boat -he was sent home and told never to return. When the ostriches here elected him PM he was allowed back into the U.S.!! I spent the next years of my life facing 'hippies' who thought he was the best thingie since sliced bread. When we finally got rid of him we got wimpy Joe Who and pet again then Malroony who inherited a lazy, dope smoking population who wanted everything 'free'. The country our Moms and Dads and grandparents fought for was sacrificed for the bawling of spoiled baby- boomers who had a large pile of votes. Stephen Harper is the best PM Canada has ever elected, IMHO and I hope he can bring some pride back into this directionless, spineless, beautiful nation.

Posted by: jema54j | 2006-04-09 11:00:02 PM

jema54j: Yes, we Baby Boomers have a lot to answer for; in my defence :-), I stopped falling for the politically correct/equality crap (which actually means the supremacy of any group that can grab victim status) in my 20s, and like you, I've had my arguments with the PET SET, who seem to have terminal cases of invincible ignorance: you know the kind? Don't confuse me with the facts. I WIll think what I want, WHEN I want; I WILL do what I want WHEN I want, yada, yada. The BBs have been an entitled generation for too long, expecting the Nanny State to wine them and dine them--and their kids--while requiring very little of them in return.

What a world we are leaving for our children--if the BBs decide to have any children. Look at all the DINKS: Double Income No Kids. And they're the ones who usually demand the entitlements from the government: read taxpayers, and show very little regard for what's happening to Canada's children. They seem not to know how unhappy many of them are and, further, not to care.

I often feel that Baby Boomers owe a huge apology to you younger people for our collective greed, irresponsibility, and lack of accountability.

So, sorry.

Posted by: new kid on the block | 2006-04-10 5:23:38 AM

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