Canada

Trudeau Remembered

A photo exhibit captures the magic of a prime minister’s early years in office

May 14 2001
Canada

Trudeau Remembered

A photo exhibit captures the magic of a prime minister’s early years in office

May 14 2001

Trudeau Remembered

Canada

A photo exhibit captures the magic of a prime minister’s early years in office

Maclean’s Photo Editor Peter Bregg first started covering Pierre ELLIOTT Trudeau at the

Liberal leadership convention in 1968. After Trudeau became prime minister, Bregg continued to follow him, as a photographer with The Canadian Press and Associated Press. He has fond memories of that time. “Trudeau liked to do everything,” Bregg recalls. “My first trip with him was in July, 1968, up to the Arctic. The Prime Minister’s Office said not to eat anything— we would eat on the plane. The first thing they served was shrimp. I was 19 years old, from Hull, Que., and they were my first shrimp and I loved it, sitting at 30,000 feet with the prime minister of the country. Then the next course was Chinese food and the steward handed me chopsticks. I looked at them and quietly asked for a knife and fork. The PM overheard me. ‘Don’t you know howto use chopsticks?' he asked. ‘No sir,’ I replied. 'Well, here, I’ll show you.' So I can claim it was the prime minister of the land who taught me to use chopsticks.”

Fifty of Bregg’s favourite Trudeau photographs, some never published, make up his exhibit Adieu to Pierre Trudeau (the Early Years), running from May 7 to 19 as part of the Contacto 1 fifth annual Toronto Photography Festival. Maclean’s presents some of the images, with Bregg’s reminiscences: