Why did Canada’s top spy agency destroy its Cold War files on Pierre Trudeau?

Love fest: Fidell with Pierre and Margaret and their son Michael Trudeau

From our Bureau of Erased History

Former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau was a very close friend and admirer of Fidel Castro.

That friendship was no aberration. Trudeau was a life-long communist sympathizer, and during the Cold War he constantly thumbed his nose at Canada’s NATO allies, especially the United States.

Fidel Castro was one of the pall bearers at his funeral.

Canada’s top spy agency kept a close eye on Trudeau, but historians will never know what they discovered or recorded. All of the files on the Castronoid prime minister were illegally destroyed in 1989, eleven years before his death.

It appears that this very un-Canadian and very illegal act of historical sabotage was deliberate. Whether or not the Canadian government or the press will investigate remains to be seen.

A question comes to mind: might those files have contained any information on the relationship between Pierre’s wife Margaret and their dear friend Fidel? Or about the current prime minister’s true parentage?

Ménage à trois: Margaret, Fidel, and Pierre

From The Washington Examiner:

Canada’s top spy agency destroyed a cache of secret Cold War-era files on former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, a Soviet sympathizer who visited Fidel Castro and is the father of Canada’s current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Historians called the destruction of the documents “outrageous” and a “a crime against Canadian history,” according to the Canadian Press, which first reported  the revelation.

The secret dossier on Pierre Trudeau was compiled by the the RCMP Security Service, a now-defunct arm of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The files were later transferred to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which destroyed them in 1989.

Under Canadian law, security files on an individual become open to the public 20 years after a person’s death. Trudeau died in 2000, meaning his records would have been publicly available as early as next year.

Trudeau served as prime minister from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. His outreach to communist governments in Russia, China, and Cuba created tension between Canada and the United States.

In 1976, Trudeau became the first NATO leader to visit communist Cuba, where he proclaimed to an audience: “Viva Castro!”

Prior to becoming prime minister, Trudeau also traveled to the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin and China under Mao Zedong.

Lingering question

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