Trudeau Obituary Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau has died, at the age of 80. Trudeau was prime minister for nearly 16 years, beginning in 1968. His party lost power in a 1979 election, but quickly regained it less than a year later, and Trudeau re-took his post until 1984. He was known as one of Canada's most colorful politicians. Robert talks to Jeffrey Simpson National Affairs Columnist stationed in Ottawa, Canada for "The Globe and Mail" newspaper.