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Still haunted by Trudeau

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By Joe Couto | January 28, 2019

Article originally published Nov 10, 2009

Pierre Trudeau still haunts us.

The publication of historian John English's sweeping biography of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Just Watch Me, is the second volume of English's definitive look at the life of a prime minister whose influence and legacy continue to dwarf the little men and women who run Canada today. Love him or hate him, Trudeau still provokes passionate discussion and debate. No politician since has had a hold on the country like Trudeau.

This new book covers the period from 1968 when Trudeau became prime minister to when he died in 2000. The book's title comes from the now-famous phrase Trudeau used when asked by a CBC reporter during the October 1970 FLQ crisis how far he would go with suspension of civil liberties to maintain order. Three days later, he invoked the War Measures Act.

On its own, Just Watch Me is just another biography about a dead Canadian leader. But its publication raises so many questions about Canadian politics today that it makes Just Watch Me vital reading for any serious student of today's political situation. More importantly for people of faith, Trudeau's life and legacy provides........

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