Trudeau: The Politics Of My Way



Unlike the United States, with its generalissimo politics-Washington,
Jackson, Grant, Eisehower- the martial arts have been conspicuously absent from
Canadian politics. But there in one exception: in 1968 Pierre Elliot Trudeau
became the first Canadian leader to bring the gunslinger-Lone Ranger ethos to
Canadian politics.
Trudeau introduced to Canada the refined art of single combat; it was the
politics of "Doing It My Way"-the politics of going my way or being left behind.
Single-combat confrontation implied much mor than the loner or renegade in power,
and far far less than the shaman black tricks of Mackenzie King. Trudeau was
always far more the solo Philosopher King engaged ...

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more samurai than shaman. Even in his
pre-leadership days, Trudeau's love of trial by combat was predominant.
Mackenzie King would have never touched the unholy trinity of divorce, abortion
and homosexuality: each one of these issues is a sleeping dog best left to lie;
each could only infuriate conservative Canada from coast to coast. Since King
dared not touch them seriatim he certainly would not have touched them together-
in an omnibus bill.
This, Trudeau did joyously. The myths-makers have it at this was
Trudeau's first deliberated joust, the kingship being the final prize. But
Trudeau had no leadership aspirations at the time; all that he had, still has,
was the love of combat for the sake of combat and religious scruples be damned.
Trudeau the Catholic zealot tackle divorce, abortion and homosexuality active
Prime Minister in this country's history, liberated the homosexual practitioners
of black acts totally abhorrent to him; ironically, in the process, Trudeau ...

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and advice that daily poured in to
the chief were a populist input that Diefenbaker slavishly adhered to. Trudeau
was no Diefenbaker; he was neither a populist nor a renegade. Trudeau was
simply a man who brilliantly massaged and manipulated others so that his single
will appeared to be the will of many, so that his will be always done.
The theme of my-way politics sheds much light on the vrai Trudeau, the
Trudeau that is, rather than the Trudeau people think there is. Trudeau has
never been the privacy-demanding recluse, the reluctant leader that herdsmen of
Canadian journalism insist he is.
In secular life Trudeau is no trinitarian; he has chosen his oneness
because, ...

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