trudeau, pierre elliott

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Trudeau, Pierre Elliott [(trooh-doh)]

A Canadian statesman and prime minister of the twentieth century. Faced with secessionist sentiment from the French-speaking majority in Quebec, Trudeau as prime minister oversaw the passage of the Official Languages Act in the 1970s, which made French and English the official languages of Canada.

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