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Beatlemania of the North

During the 1968 election campaign, Pierre Trudeau, the new leader of the Liberal party, was greeted by an unprecedented phenomenon  -  "Trudeaumania." Large, enthusiastic crowds gathered wherever he went. Women grabbed at his clothes and kissed him. He added to the excitement by sliding down bannisters and doing backflips into swimming pools. No prime minister, before or since, has inspired such hysteria.

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