News Release - September 28, 2000
PREMIER PAYS TRIBUTE TO PIERRE TRUDEAU
Premier Romanow today saluted the accomplishments of former Canadian Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Trudeau died today at the age of 81.
"Over the 20 years Mr. Trudeau spent in federal politics, and even beyond, he
was a passionate defender of this nation, of our federal system and of the
truly Canadian belief that our identity as Canadians is not compromised but
strengthened when we identify ourselves in other ways," Romanow said.
"You can be a proud Quebecois, Trudeau said, and a proud Canadian. You can be
a proud citizen of Saskatchewan, he said, and a proud and important citizen of
Premier Romanow added the legacy Trudeau will leave to the people of Canada is
that there is strength in our diversity, and that we can honour what brings us
together by respecting our differences.
The premier also admired Trudeau for his intellect.
"He was an accomplished lawyer and scholar, a prolific writer - truly a man of
many rare intellectual gifts.
"He was also very charming, which has been well documented. Gracious and
sophisticated, and - this might surprise some - very funny, with a sharp, dry
wit. He was a very robust sportsman and adventurer."
The premier concluded through Trudeau, all Canadians adventured together but
now that adventure ends.
"I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Trudeau family, on behalf of my
wife Eleanore, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the people of our province."
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