Originally Posted by flipv
He is remembered very fondly in my circles. My mother told me that growing up in Yugoslavia in the 1970s all they knew about Canada was Trudeau. He was a larger than life statesman.
He had the right idea. Canada should've been bilingual coast to coast. Knowing more than one language makes us richer in the long run. I never understood people who take pride in only speaking English. Makes you kinda hick IMO.
As an anglo-influenced bilingual French Canadian kid growing up on the outer fringes of Canada's bilingual belt, I idolized Trudeau in my youth.
When I got older and started to study politics a lot the shine started to come off.
He was brilliant for sure but more of a dilettante than someone who loved as Canada passionately as many people think he did.
He defended Canada (the federal state) passionately for sure but I think it was mostly because it was his chosen ''theatre of operations" and he needed it to survive as a public figure (both present and future).
Much like Sidney Crosby loves the NHL because that's where he plays hockey.
Sorry if that sounds cynical. I have other examples of why I think Trudeau was like this.