Many Canadians of a certain age and older can readily recall where they were when they heard Pierre Trudeau came back from a walk in the snow in February 1984 to announce he would be leaving Ottawa.

Similarly, when Trudeau returned to power in February 1980 after losing it in the election of May 1979. Or, when Trudeau spoke at the Paul Sauve arena in Montreal in the closing days of the No-campaign, during the May 1980 Quebec referendum, and he rallied French-Canadians to vote against Rene Levesque