Pierre Elliott Trudeau, or “PET” as he was known in his day, is the dominant Canadian cultural and political icon of the 20th century. At a meeting held in downtown Toronto on October 3, on the 19th anniversary of his state funeral in Montreal, a diverse group of over 100 ordinary Canadians gathered to finalize plans for a non-partisan public celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, to be held in Toronto later this month.
Born on October 18, 1919, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was the third longest serving Prime Minister in Canadian history, holding office for 15 years from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. In order to distance the celebration of his extraordinary life and remarkable legacy from the partisan battles of the current federal election campaign, organizers of the event announced that his tribute celebration will be occurring in Nathan Phillips Square, weather permitting, on Saturday evening, October 26.
The “Party for Pierre” or “P4P”, as it has been dubbed, will be a free public concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the newly-formed not-for-profit “P4P Foundation”. The evening will include performances by both prominent and newly emerging Canadian musical artists, interspersed with personal tributes from eminent Canadians from every walk of life. The tribute, a celebration of Canadian values, is being promoted to the nation as a “Popular Uprising of Progressive Canadians”.
At the P4P, thousands of Canadians who admire the Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s lasting contributions to Canadian life today will be celebrating so many of his accomplishments for ordinary Canadians in building a more “Just Society” and keeping Canada progressive and united, including:
- The patriation of our Constitution (1982):
- The entrenchment of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982);
- The defeat of the Quebec Referendum on separation (1980);
- The strengthening of Gun Control in Canada with gun ownership restrictions including requirements for background checks and Firearm Acquisition Certificates (1977);
- The adoption of a more open, de-racialized and merit-based Immigration System and special rules for Refugees (1976);
- The adoption of official Multiculturalism (1971);
- The creation of the first national Ministry of the Environment in the developed world and his declaration that the health of our planet was the most important global public policy priority of the next century (1971);
- His management of the FLQ crisis and resounding defeat of FLQ terrorists (1970);
- The adoption of official Bilingualism in Canada (1969);
- The decriminalization of abortion and contraception in Canada and introduction of the therapeutic abortion regime (1967);
- The decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada (1967); and
- The introduction of anti-drunk driving breathalyser provisions into the Criminal Code (1967);
- Full national implementation of Canada’s single-payer public health care system (1968 to 1984) culminating in the enactment of the Canada Health Act (1984); and
- The decision not to proceed with the assimilatory policies with respect to indigenous Canadians which would have eliminated reserve status and other treaty rights (1968) and subsequent entrenchment of aboriginal (i.e. Indian, Inuit and Métis) and treaty rights in the Canadian constitution (1982).
For further information: go to: www.P4PGTA.ca to learn more; or contact: [email protected] to volunteer. Source P4P Foundation.