Remarks on the occasion of the naming of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

2017-05-15T00:55:21-04:00April 27th, 2004|Speech Transcripts, Transcripts|

Pierre Trudeau knew something about the devastation caused by war. As a young man in 1948, he traveled from London to see the convulsions of Eastern Europe in the wake of World War II. He saw the fighting that wracked the Middle East following the birth of Israel. He saw the madness of India’s partition and the chaos in Shanghai as the nationalist armies retreated before Mao’s onslaught. As he later wrote in his memoirs, “the route that I had chosen was strewn with obstacles created by armed conflicts of that time. It was incredible— everywhere I went seemed to be at war.”