Born on October 18 to a wealthy, bicultural family
Studies political science, economy and philosophy
at the universities of Montreal and London,
at Harvard and at the Sorbonne in Paris, and
returns to Montreal to practice law.
Is elected to Parliament as the Member
for Mount Royal, Montreal.
Is appointed Minister of Justice and reforms the
Criminal Code, decriminalizing homosexuality
Serves as Prime Minister in three successive governments.
Invokes the War Measures Act in response
to political violence in Quebec.
Marries Margaret Sinclair, with whom he has three
sons. Some years after his divorce in 1984, he has
a daughter with lawyer Deborah Coyne.
Serves as Leader of the Opposition.
Returns to power as Prime Minister for a fourth term. Implements major constitutional reforms.
Dies on September 28 in Montreal.