The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, has been seeking to reduce some of the?
CU Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Pierre Trudeau being interviewed in English
TRANSCRIPT: TRUDEAU: "So a lady goes to a rock concert and then she goes to New York to visit friends and to do some photography. And I don't think she can be faulted for disappointing the Canadian people of rocking the Canadian dollar. It's as bad as the way the media react and people react. Because of that I suppose it's too bad but I don't, certainly wouldn't, tell Margaret not to go to any rock concert of the Stones or anybody else, and whether on some other fronts they are accused of kidnapping or drug trafficking. She wants to go to a rock concert, we have been to some together here in the Art Centre. And she has gone to visit a good friend of both of us in New York and this has been planned for quite some time an you know it's reciprocal. I hope they visit us soon."
REPORTER: "Do you think that her activities as they have been published and written about in the media are damaging your reputation and your government's reputation or damaging your efforts to achieve progress?"
TRUDEAU: "Well, a short answer to that is no. And if it does I don't care and the reason I don't care is there is nothing I would want to do about it. If she loses me a couple of votes because of that - well I'm sorry but I don't expect Margaret to stop going to rock concerts and to visit friends in New York just because some people will be misled into thinking that she's not behaving right."
Speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday (10 March), Mick Jagger, the leader of the Rolling Stones pop group, called news reports about Mrs. Trudeau ridiculous. He told Reuters News Agency there was no truth in speculation of a romance between Mrs. Trudeau and any member of the group.
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Background: The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, has been seeking to reduce some of the sensational reports surrounding his wife's movements this week. Newspapers have speculated about a romantic attachment between Mrs. Margaret Trudeau and a member of the Rolling Stones pop group. Speaking to newsmen in Ottawa on Friday (11 March), Mr. Trudeau said that the couple's public activities were fair game for reporters. However, he added: "I don't think it should be dealt with by innuendo". Answering reporters' questions Mr. Trudeau said: