Pierre Trudeau makes the top 10 of the greatest men of Canada almost every time one is counted up. Now, we could talk about his unified peace policies and multicultural accomplishments as Prime Minister, but what we really want to celebrate is his ability to exemplify the perfect man about as close as any man has ever come. Politics is very much a strict, stoic, stuffy, and straight hair (or no hair) affair in Canada, but when Trudeau was around, he most certainly spiced it up with his bad boy image.
Such examples are the time he was arrested in Moscow for throwing a snowball at the statue of Lenin, or the time he was booted out of the U.S. for attempting to row a canoe from Florida to Cuba simply because someone dared he couldn’t do it. Throughout Trudeau’s lifetime, whenever he was dared anything, he responded with three simple words,
Just – watch – me.”
Trudeau was also a tough guy–case in point, the time he told Conservative, MP John Lundrigan, to “F–k off” during a debate. He later claimed that he only dealt him a harmless, “Fuddle duddle,” but we all know that a man never says such words during a heated argument. He was classified by some as a playboy and womanizer during his rein.
Some of his more famous conquests included Barbara Streisand, Margot Kidder, Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall, and Mick Jagger’s ex-wife, Bianca Jagger. The teenage girls adored him too, which later became known as “Trudeaumania”. Trudeau was indeed a bit of the showman that Elvis Presley was, as well as a role model (nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984).
Such traits gave Trudeau the ability to have just about any woman he wanted, to which he decided on 22-year-old, Margaret Sinclair, who at 30 years his junior was considered robbed from the cradle. Margaret had her own famous conquests, such as Jack Nicholson, Ryan O’Neal, Ted Kennedy, and the entire ensemble of The Rolling Stones (most notably, Mick Jagger). A popular joke at the time went:
Due to budget restraints, Pierre and Margaret will be forced to build their own swimming pool.”
Punch-line: “Pierre is pouring the cement while Margaret is laying the Stones (baddum dumb).”
But Trudeau did what any self-respecting man of envy would have done. He basked in the glory of bedding Jaggers ex-wife, and then watching the Stone’s squirm in the Canadian justice system for what they have always done second best… getting stoned.