TRUDEAU and The FLQ

Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth
The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1963 - 1970


Trudeau and the FLQ premiered in 1996 at the Theatre Centre and was subsequently remounted at Factory Theatre (Studio) in 1997.

Trudeau and the FLQ turns on the brutal confrontation between Trudeau and the FLQ, between two irreconcilable visions of French Canada: one of Les Canadiens governing Canada from sea to sea; the other of Les Quebecois governing la patrie, Quebec.

 

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John Dolan as Pierre Trudeau
Photo by Michael Cooper

The play begins in 1963. Lester Pearson is Prime Minister of Canada. Pierre Trudeau is a professor in Montreal. A worldwide generation of post-colonial post-war babies is coming of age, dropping acid and marching for peace or blowing up police stations and killing for independence.

“I want to kill all the bourgeoisie. Anyone with more money than me is the bourgeoisie.”
Maurice of the FLQ

In Quebec, francophone bosses replace Anglo bosses, the Pill replaces the Church, the ‘Quiet Revolution’ is under way. As a gang of bomb-loving thugs turns up the volume, Trudeau pirouettes to power.

“What would Caesar do?”  Trudeau

Wilfrid Laurier defined Canada as a multi-national state that believes in liberty, and ‘Canadian’ as a political nationality not based on ethnic origin or religious background. What Laurier dreamed about, Pierre Trudeau was determined to make a reality.

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