June 24, 1968: Liberal leader, Pierre Trudeau, attends a St. Jean-Baptiste parade in Montreal. Separatist rioters hurl rocks and bottles.
Response: While other officials flee, Trudeau shrugs off security attempts to remove him from the viewing stands and returns to his seat, staring down the protesters.
1982: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is travelling in Salmon Arm, B.C., when he is beset by three placard-carrying demonstrators.
Response: Trudeau gives the finger to the protesters in what would come to be known as the “Salmon Arm salute.”
Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney makes a controversial decision to partly de-index pensions. At a protest in Ottawa, Solange Denis stares down Mulroney and says: “You lied to us.... You made us vote for you and then goodbye Charlie Brown.”
Response: Mulroney says “I’m listening to you, Madame.” Indeed he was. A week later, Mulroney’s government backed down on the plan to de-index pensions.
In 1990, Mulroney and his wife Mila are in Toronto, attending a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner at the Harbour Castle hotel. A protester spits on the limousine, calls Mila “Goldilocks” and tells Mulroney he has no credibility.
Response: Mulroney shoots back: “I’ve got credibility, my friend. I’ve got thousands of people in this room who have come out tonight to hear me.”
On Feb. 15, 1996, prime minister Jean Chrétien attends Flag Day ceremonies in a park in Gatineau, Que., which are disrupted by protesters angry about cuts to the employment-insurance program.
Response: Chrétien, wearing sunglasses, wades into the crowd and comes face-to-face with a hat-clad Bill Clennett. He grabs Clennett in a choke-hold, which would later be dubbed the “Shawinigan handshake.”