Home » Towards A Just Society The Trudeau Years by Pierre Trudeau
Towards A Just Society The Trudeau Years Pierre Trudeau

Towards A Just Society The Trudeau Years

Pierre Trudeau

Published
ISBN : 9780140298673
Paperback
480 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

For anyone interested in Canadas political history in the second half of the 20th century, this collection of essays is essential reading. Subtitled The Trudeau Years, the book covers the period from 1968 to 1984 when Trudeau was prime minister,MoreFor anyone interested in Canadas political history in the second half of the 20th century, this collection of essays is essential reading. Subtitled The Trudeau Years, the book covers the period from 1968 to 1984 when Trudeau was prime minister, except for a short hiatus when Progressive Conservative Joe Clark was elected. The essays present the Liberal party view of national and international relations during the period, with a special focus on the persistent and vexatious Quebec question. A number of highly placed Liberals are included: Marc Lalonde writes on energy policy, John Roberts on the environment, and Jean Chretien on Canadas endless constitutional dance marathon. The lead essay, The Tempest Bursting: Canada in 1992, by Axworthy and Trudeau, reveals profound intelligence at work and is excellent at placing Trudeau within the historical liberal context that began with the Greeks. Canadian politics is apocalyptic--every major question seems to threaten the actual existence of the country: Quebec nationalism, the growth of provincial power, Western disaffection, U.S. relations. Also, Canadas locus of power is centralized in the Ontario-Quebec axis, unlike in the U.S., where power tends to reside on the two coasts. Trudeau understood these realities. For him, a just society is one that offers equality of opportunity to every citizen, and all his economic and language policies grew out of this view, including his arguments against Quebec nationalism. --Mark Frutkin