Margaret Trudeau and Beyond the Boardroom “More than a Rose in my Husband’s Lapel”

“More than a Rose in my Husband’s Lapel”

Full Article, Publish date: June 30, 2014

Changing your mind

Lana Larder, Margaret Trudeau, June 10, 2014

Photographer Gerald Hynes

Margaret Trudeau has garnered more publicity than any woman in Canadian history. She now shares her personal life story in her memoir, Changing My Mind, and is a trailblazer and leader for mental health.

Changing My Mind.

As a writer for, I get to write about, and interview incredible people in Canada and internationally.  My latest opportunity was meeting and writing about Margaret Trudeau in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 10th, 2014.  The Centre for Women in Business with support from the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women celebrated 21 years of success for the Centre with a talk show with Margaret Trudeau at the Atlantica Hotel.


Magaret Trudeau event.


maggie and leeann.


Margaret Trudeau, Lee Ann Edwards

Margaret and Lee Ann.


Margaret Trudeau, Lee Ann Edwards

Maggie, Lee and Lana.

left to right: Margaret Trudeau, Lee Ann Edwards, Lana Larder

STand up Leeann and Lana

Lee Ann Edwards, Lana Larder

Lana Larder Lee Ann Edwards.

Lana Larder, Lee Ann Edwards

Photography Gerald Hynes

Down to earth, hilarious, and entertaining Margaret told her story.

Margaret’s role as the youngest First Lady in Canada took her all over the world, with state visits, political campaigns and parties for world leaders where she was always in the public eye.  She hung out with the Rolling Stones and partied at Studio 54 in New York.


maggie and pierre.

Margaret Trudeau and Pierre Trudeau, Wedding Day, 1971

“I first met Pierre at a lagoon at the end of a holiday.  Margaret remembers what he said, “If I ever marry she’s the one.” At 22 years old, in 1971, Margaret Trudeau became the youngest First Lady and wife of former 15th Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau.  Politics are again in Margaret’s life as her son, Justin Trudeau is the Leader for the Liberal Party in Canada.

Margaret moved into 24 Sussex Drive (Prime Minister of Canada’s address) and brought both glamour and controversy.  When interviewed by the press she famously replied;


Margaret and the rose.

“I want to be more than a rose in my husband’s lapel.”


I really connected with Margaret Trudeau as “I was told to get a husband” when I first applied for a business loan.  This started my journey to focus on founding an angel fund for women in business in Canada.

There also were other reasons, someday, I might write about them….she is an incredible person, genuine, sparkling, hilarious, entertaining and sincere – one of the best qualities.  She is a leader and trailblazer for mental health and women in Canada.


Maggie by herself flower.Thanks…Margaret Trudeau


The full article “More than a Rose in my Husband’s Lapel,” Margaret Trudeau & Beyond the Boardroom

Publish date June 30, 2014 Venue:

Dedicated to my loving daughter Lindsey Larder Hylands;

In memory of Bear, loving dog passed away, June 10, 2014.


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