Driven throughout his career to work towards the creation of a more just society, Trudeau achieved many important milestones in the pursuit of that goal.
In 1968 as Lester Pearson’s Minister of Justice, Trudeau modernized Canada’s laws including decriminalizing homosexuality, legalizing contraception, liberalizing divorce laws and decriminalizing abortion.
After becoming prime minister, Trudeau quickly took important steps towards improving linguistic and gender equality, and protecting the rights of minorities, notably through the passage of the Official Languages Act in 1969, the creation of the Status of Woman office and the introduction of Canada’s multiculturalism policy in 1971.
Trudeau walked the talk on equality appointing the first female Speakers of both the Senate and the House of Commons, the first female justice of the Supreme Court, the first female Governor General and influential female cabinet ministers, like Monique Bégin and Judy Erola
In foreign affairs, Trudeau pursued a resolutely independent policy for Canada achieving influence in world affairs far beyond our relative size.
Trudeau’s crowning achievement was undoubtedly the adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. The Charter continues to play a major role in framing Canada’s laws and safeguarding our liberties, today – 30 years after it became part of our Constitution.