AGA KHAN WAS AMONG THE HONARARY PALLBEARERS - 2000-10-02
Hazar Imam arrived in Montreal in a private visit at the invitation of the Trudeau family to attend the funeral of Pierre Elliot Trudeau.The following day, Hazar Imam was one of the honorary pall-bearers at the funeral..
A close friend of the family for 30 years, he also represents a slice of Trudeau's Canada.Trudeau vacationed twice on his yacht, once with Margaret. As prime minister, he single-handedly decided to open Canada's doors to Ismaili Muslims. How it came about was once related to me by the prince: ' Pierre and I were friends and there was an informal understanding that if there was a racial crisis, Canada would intervene. So when Uganda's Idi Amin decided in 1972 to expel Asians, I picked up the phone, and Trudeau affirmed then and there that Canada would wish to help.