Philandering, Politics and Revolution: A Brief Look at the Trudeau Dynasty

If one man can be said to have brought the Sexual Revolution to Canada, it is the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He was, in fact, essential to bringing liberalized divorce, decriminalized abortion, and laxer attitudes about sexual morality in general to Canada—because he trumpeted his Catholicism wherever he went, and thus convinced many Catholics to get onside. He was devout, he would inform everyone, but at the end of the day, “the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” Neither, in his view, did any religious restrictions on sexual behavior—as he told one reporter after the 1969 Omnibus Bill passed the House of Commons, “[I’ve] knocked down a lot of totems and overridden a lot of taboos.”