If the revelations in this new biography Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, 1919-1944 is true . . . wow!
As the Ottawa Citizen reports.
A new biography of the former prime minister, whom Canadians have long been taught to regard as a great liberal politician, reveals that as a youth and young man, Mr. Trudeau was an anti-Semite, admired fascist dictators such as Hitler and Mussolini, promoted revolution and longed for an independent and Catholic Quebec that would be home only to francophones.
. . . "I was astounded and appalled by this lengthy and convincing account of Trudeau's intellectual journey to the age of 25, long past the age when these activities can be dismissed as youthful follies," says the book's publisher, Douglas Gibson, a long-time admirer of Canada's 15th prime minister.
Let's hear it for intellectual growth. Still, I'm sure that this will do nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the Trudeaupian crowd.
UPDATE: Apparently this is old, and oft-forgotten news. As the estimable Mark Steyn notes:
. . .after all, young Pierre was in his twenties; he couldn't be expected to know any better — though those other twentysomethings without benefit of his great intellect, the young Canadians and Englishmen and Scotsmen and Americans scrambling ashore at Normandy, all managed to figure it out.
Including my Grandfather. This should put 'youthful indiscretion' argument out of its misery.