As well as doing a lot of damage to Canada, pet also seems to have caused a great deal of damage to the grits, mostly by damaging the grit brand in the west and Quebec. trudeau was a terrible pm and a nasty, arrogant man.
While Trudeau's policies undermined national unity and scorched Liberal fortunes in the West and Quebec for the past generation, he did not similarly offend voters in other parts of Canada. In fact, over the past eight elections Liberals have done better in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland than when Trudeau was leader. While Trudeau took 41 per cent of the vote in Ontario, his successors won 43 per cent of their votes. Had it just been Trudeau's style and personality that offended voters, rather than his policies, then the animosity towards Liberals that followed would not be so regionalized or sustained.
Pierre Trudeau has done to Liberal fortunes in Quebec what Robert Borden did for the Tories. When Borden's government introduced conscription during the First World War, he said that conscription "would kill Quebec ministers and the party for 25 years." This estimate was on the low side since it took more than 65 years before the Tories would hold Quebec over consecutive elections.