Trudeau's Other Children

Trudeau's Other Children

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Musicians Vineet Vyas, Mei Han and Asif Illyas are part of one of the greatest social experiments the world has seen: multiculturalism. Nearly 40 years ago, under the eye of visionary prime minister Pierre Trudeau, Canada began turning itself into the world's first truly multicultural state— a place where people from all nations could be at home. But the genesis for Trudeau's idea came decades earlier, when he was a young man travelling through the chaos of the post-war Middle East and Asia.
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Sep 09, 2013

This is a 2005 documentary written and directed by Rohan Fernando.
The director places the stories of musicians Vineet Vyas, Mei Han and Asif Iilyas in juxtaposition with archival footage and excerpts
from Trudeau's journals during the 1930s and late 1940s.
The title is a bit misleading because I expected that Trudeau's real children would show up in the film.
In fact, the above musicians have no relation to Trudeau at all.
Nonetheless, the result offers unique insights into the origins and practice of Canada's multicultural policy.
In 1971, Pierre Elliott Trudeau's government officially implemented the Canadian Multicultualism Act.
With this policy, Trudeau declared that there is no official culture in Canada, nor does any ethnic group take precedence over any other.
Ever since, Canada has been grappling with the concepts of national and individual identity.
But before he became known as the Father of Multiculturalism, Pierre Trudeau was a young man in serach of the world as the archival footages show.

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