From condolence messages for Pierre Trudeau, posted to The Globe and Mail Web site: The year was 1988, and I was travelling in the Orient. In Jakarta, a rickshaw driver asked me if I was American, and when I replied that no, I was a Canadian, he said "Ah, Canada -- Trudeau!" and proceeded to tell me that when Prime Minister Trudeau had visited Indonesia, he had travelled in a rickshaw. And for that little moment of frivolity, he endeared himself, and by association all Canadian travellers, to the masses in Indonesia. Mina Orenstein, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Trudeaumania, the October Crisis and the national energy program all occurred before we were born -- yet my friends and I are products of his vision. Trudeau dreamt of a "just society," of a Canada where all people were equal, of an intelligent and peaceful world. In us, his legacy lives on.
Melanie Martin, Toronto His "reason over passion" personal creed belied a deeply passionate Canadian nationalist. Indeed, for such a "reasonable" man, disciplined in logic by the Jesuits, to compel such passion from the people he led was remarkable. Matthew Wood, Seattle, Wash. You were a warrior for peace, for justice, and for the dignity of all human beings. Your capacity to live life to the full was a delight to see, a joy to remember. Thank you. Harriet Kirkley, Vancouver I grew up in the 60s and 70s and thus owe you my interest in politics. Thank you for that. It's just not the same today, without you. I loved that arrogance, the way you used to put idiots in their place (i.e. that reporter -- "Just watch me"). Martin Stevens, Burlington, Ont. I came from the U.S. in March of 1968, just as Mr. Trudeau came to power in the Liberal party. I had lived through the Kennedy era and had mourned its passing. I felt hopeless as President Johnson and then President Nixon got the U.S. involved in the Vietnam war. When I arrived in Canada I felt that Mr. Trudeau offered a new hope. He was honest, intelligent, flamboyant and he loved his country. Ellen Masuda, Toronto I first learned about Mr. Trudeau when he came to my birth country, Guyana, in 1974, showing his genuine, deep love for all people and for Canada, my new home for 25 years. He was full of joy, showed appreciation for our people and danced along our grand Kaieteur Falls. Janet Naidu, Richmond Hill, Ont. I emigrated to Canada over 25 years ago and am now a proud Canadian. I doubt Canada would exist today as one whole nation if it had not been for the selfless dedication of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the greatest Canadian of them all. Nigel Penney, Montreal