Changing My Mind
Canadians fell in love with Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s beautiful bride when he brought her to the world stage as the youngest First Lady in the history of the country. Yet, as time went by, Margaret was unprepared for public life, and plagued by mood swings. After three sons with Pierre, the marriage ended. She then remarried and had two more children. But the tragic loss of her son, Michel, in a skiing accident and the passing of Pierre Trudeau a few years later, were too much to bear, and she became severely ill.
Today, Margaret has rebuilt her life once again. Now, she brings her formidable life story to the stage in her quest to help others, sharing her message of resilience with the goal of helping to inspire others and to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Choosing a Vibrant Future
Margaret Trudeau offers audiences an inspirational and practical approach to choosing a healthy, happy, and secure future. Using stories from her own life, as well as those of others, Margaret–with the remarkable empathy and warmth she’s known for–brings attention to what people need to make their later years meaningful and fulfilling.
In her latest book The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant Joyful Future Margaret Trudeau shares her epiphany, born out of her past joys and sorrows
"I have lived through two divorces, the loss of a son, mental illness and several career changes, almost all of it in the public eye. Now I find myself on a new odyssey- accepting still more change and examining all the possibilities that lie before me. Reinventing what it means to age means reinventing myself yet again. I choose to see both freedom and opportunity in that."Read more about Maragaret Trudeau's point of view on choosing a vibrant future...
Now, Canada's unconventional former first lady—and whose son is the country's new prime minister—is back in the spotlight
"At 67, Margaret, dark-haired and trim in a sleek black dress, still emanates the beauty and ebullience that captured international attention when, in 1971, at the age of 22, she married Pierre Trudeau, Canada's then prime minister. Charismatic and commanding, Trudeau, 29 years her senior, was a popular—and progressive—leader...Margaret, though, proved every bit his match. She raised eyebrows and won hearts by refusing to conform to the traditional notions of what a political wife should be..."Read more of Margaret Trudeau's profile in Harper's Bazaar...
The Quiet Comeback of Margaret Trudeau
The New York Times profiled Margaret Trudeau on the occasion of her son's swearing in as Canada's new prime minister. The press is familiar with Ms. Trudeau from her role as Canada's first lady so many decades earlier, and is referred to by the New York Times as 'an indelible character in Canadian political history.'Read the New York Times profile on Margaret Trudeau...
Margaret Trudeau, mother of the current Prime Minister of Canada and former First Lady of Canada, is known as "one of the most sensational personalities of the 1970s."
The Washington Posts asks the reader to "image if Princess Diana had survived to find a quiet life and happy ever after. Then you might come close to understanding the phenomenon of Margaret Trudeau, the former first lady of Canada and one of the most sensational personalities of the 1970s."Read the Washington Post's profile of Margaret Trudeau...
Margaret Trudeau is celebrated as Canada's sensational first lady in the 1970's, and is respected for her work as a mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.
Margaret is the author of four books, including her bestselling title, Changing My Mind, which charts her life’s ups and downs, and her latest title, The Time of Your Life, which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future.
Margaret sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she is the Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services. She is also the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.