The Late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau was honoured for “his lifetime devotion to the pursuit of justice, peace, equality and fairness for all and for his contribution in creating the Canada of today – a model multicultural democracy.”
Mr. Justin Trudeau, the eldest son of the late Prime Minister, accepted the Eid-ul-Adha 2004 Award on behalf of his father. He charmed the audience with his smile, graciousness and warmth. A plaque and a John Perry’s sculpture of “Dolphins on a wave” were presented and are now displayed at the Headquarters of the Trudeau Foundation in Montreal.
Among the distinguished guests were The Right Honourable Paul Martin (Prime Minister), Hon. Irwin Cotler (Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada), Hon. Bill Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs) Hon. Stephen Owen (Minister of Public Works and Government Services), Hon. Jean Augustine (Secretary of State- Multiculturalism & Status of Women), Senators, including Hon. Marcel Prud’homme, Hon. Mobina Jaffer, Hon.Vivienne Poy, several Members of Parliament from all federal political parties, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of over 20 countries (including Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan), as well as Community and Business/Corporate leaders.
The Keynote Address: “Cool Intelligence” was eloquently delivered by Mr. Stephen J. Toope, President of the Trudeau Foundation.
This year, Hon. Senator Marcel Prud’homme and RBC Financial Group were recognized for their contributions to Canada and presented with plaques and gifts – John Perry’s “School of Dolphins”. Mr. Charles Coffey, Executive V.P. Government and Community Affairs received the plaque on behalf of RBC.