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Question by hotgt9011: What were Pierre Trudeaus most important ideas and how did he change peoples world views in his time?
This is for a school project and i need to know he was like an important canadian, what he did, his ideas, and just how he changed the world views in his time.
Answer by kennyj
Trudeau, love him or hate him, is easily one of the most important historical Canadian figures of the second half of the twentieth century. P.E.T. was a true liberal. He believed that government had an important role in the lives of citizens, and oversaw the growth of a broad social safety net to help the underprivileged and disadvantaged. He believed that rule of law, as defined in a written constitution, was crucial in the development of democracy and a nation – state. He was a true pioneer in the Canadian version of multiculturalism and supported Lester Pearson’s initiatives and later his own. Bilingualism was very much his baby though he did not conceive it himself.
I am not sure what you mean “how he changed the world views”. If I read that correctly I think you mean either how did he change the international community’s view of Canada, or perhaps how did he change Canadians’ view of the world. I will go with the former. Canada’s presence in the world certainly changed during his time. He met nearly all of the most important world leaders of the day and clearly took orders from no one. Trudeau’s critics were many as were his admirers. His great intelligence and aloofness was often mistaken for arrogance, but in reality he did not believe himself to be better than any on else. He just tired of those who refused to believe that he was taking Canada in the right direction. One thing for sure where he was spot on was in his assessment of what the future (now current) migration and relocation of people. He foresaw the world as a community with various ethnic and language groups being citizens of the same country. In Canada, it would no longer be a English – French country with a few smaller ethnic groups dispersed across the land. P.E.T. was correct. We, and most western nations, would become conglomerates of people whose roots would be in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, China, Vietnam, Italy, Guatemala, Mexico, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Greece, Egypt, Chad, Russia and on and on we go. Modern Canada’s cultural and ethnic makeup is a direct result of Trudeau’s personal philosophy of the world and his government’s policies.
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