On today’s date in 1980, Liberal leader Pierre Elloitt Trudeau defeated Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark in the federal general election, winning 146 to 103 seats (with 32 seats going to the New Democratic Party and none to the Social Credit Party of Canada).
On July 1, 2001, Canada Post issued a domestic-rate stamp featuring a portrait of Trudeau, whose life and career as a Canadian politician was commemorated on the 47-cent stamp (Scott No. 1909).
Trudeau was Canada’s prime minister between 1968 and 1979 as well as 1980 and 1984, when the Liberal Party returned to power with a majority government. Both charismatic and controversial, the man who caused “Trudeaumania” was arguably Canada’s best-known politician at home and abroad.
During his terms as prime minister, he implemented the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Official Languages Act as well as wage and pricing controls. He also appointed Canada’s first female Governor-General and the first female speaker to the House of Commons.
To date, Trudeau’s image does not appear on any RCM banknotes or coins.
He was, however, among several Canadian prime ministers featured in a Shell Oil Canada collector medallion set, released in the 1970s.