Oct 20, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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A former clerk of the Privy Council, Senator and close confident of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has died at the age of 80 after a decades long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.


Michael Pittfield was Trudeau’s clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to cabinet.  As a Senator, he played an especially prominent role in the repatriation of the Constitution and the establishment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the death last night calling Pittfield “a dear family friend.”
Pittfield, joined the public service in 1959, became a Senator in 1982 and sat as an independent until his retirement in 2010.
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