Pierre Trudeau has topped the list of 10 “worst Canadians in an online survey conducted by Canada’s top history magazine, The Beaver.
Others who made the list include Dr. Henry Morgentaler, Celine Dion, killers Karla Homolka, Paul Bernardo and Clifford Olson, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien, Stephen Harper and Conrad Black.
Perhaps Trudeau is on the list because he is the only prime minister most Canadians remember. I spent last week in Maine and any discussion of Canadian politics by Americans raised Trudeau’s name.
Trudeau was the architect of multiculturalism, official bilingualism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I attended his funeral at Notre Dame Basilica in 2000. His death provoked a national outpouring of grief. All along the route of his funeral train from Ottawa to Montreal Canadians stood and applauded.
I would not rate Pierre Trudeau our greatest prime minister. My choice for that hnour would be Mackenzie King. But to argue that Trudea is one of our worst Canadians is rubbish.
Somewhere on my list of worst Canadians would be Jaques Parizeau and Don Cherry, the CBC’s resident racist.
Who would be on yours?