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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: TRUDEAU: "We have learned with deep emotion of the death of General de Gaulle, one of the great figures of our time. I want to render homage to his genius as a soldier and to the outstanding qualities as a statesman who in his own lifetime became a historical figure. Even before the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, Charles de Gaulle had shown an extraordinary understanding of the dimensions of modern war. But the defeat and occupation of France brought out in him during long and hard years the courage and pride of the patriot in exile and the patience and authority of the politician. During the war he embodied for millions of men, the hope of liberation. Single-handed, so to speak, he sought to preserve and afterwards sustain the permanence of France, which owes to him the fact of having found once again its high place in the concert of nations. The departure of Charles de Gaulle calls up everywhere a great surge of memory. A great man has just died. To the French surge of memory. A great man has just died. To the French people and government, I express our profound sympathy".
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Background: The Prime Minister of Canada, M. Pierre Trudeau, paid tribute to the late General de Gaulle in a speech in the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa.
M. Trudeau referred to de Gaulle's stature as a soldier and as a statesman and recalled that he embodied the hope of liberty for many in the Second World War.
Tributes to the late General de Gaulle also came from former Canadian Prime Ministers John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson. Pearson described de Gaulle as one of the towering figures of the era.