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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"PM, Paddler"

Say what you will about one of our greatest and charismatic Prime Ministers but Pierre Trudeau had more than a passion for paddling and the outdoors.

Born Oct. 18, 1919, Trudeau served as prime minister from 1968 until 1984, with a nine-month break in 1979-80 after Joe Clark's Progressive Conservatives won a short-lived minority government in Ottawa.

Ever a controversial and much-debated figure in Canadian history, Trudeau repatriated Canada's Constitution, introduced the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, enshrined both official languages in law and established multiculturalism as official federal policy.

This quote by him sums up his love of canoeing.

"What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other travel. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are a brute; pedal five hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois; paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature." -- Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Don't you just feel it though, when you are in a kayak, immersed in nature, well immersed in anything in a kayak, ......just "giddy", with the overwhelming sense of adventure? I know I do.

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