Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Turdeau had nothing but praise for President Jimmy Carter at Tuesday night's dinner reception at the Canadian embassy.
Though the President wasn't there to hear the compliments, Trudeau told dinner guests, who included Vice President Mondale and his wife, Joan, that he admired Carter as a man who thought in "systems" and "legal patterns," as a man who was "nonstereotyped."
While Trudeau moved from table to table chatting about government theories, though, another Canadian was smitten by the charms of former Navy Secretary John Warner's wife, better known as actress Elizabeth Taylor.
"It wa nive to meet President Carter," Dr. Robert Evans, president of the University of Toronto, said on meeting Taylor, "but all politicians are transient. You are a permanent cultural symbol."
The guests were in a genial mood during the dinner, which began with a salmon mousse and moved on through chicken curry to a strawberries-and-cream finale. There was Tio Pepe, champagne and a 1967 Brane-Cantenac marguax to wash away any of Trudeau's political worries about the French separatish movement in his native Quebec.
The Trudeaus arrived at the embassy 20 minutes before the other guests. Mrs. Trudeau, a woman known for her no-nonsense clothing habits, wore a simple, white, sequined dress that fell just below her knees. The prime minister, something of a trend-setter in his bachelor days, wore ordinary dinner dress with a red rose in the lapel.
Among the dinner guests were assistant to the President Hamilton Jordan and his wife, Nancy; Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Mrs. Burger, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Mrs. Vance, Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal, and Commerce Secretary Juanita Kreps.
Press coverage of the event was restricted, although the impression had been left that there would be open coverage of the party since President and Mrs. Carter would not attend.
However, only five minutes were alloted for pre-dinner photographs.
Canadian Embassy spokesman Robert McGavin said the evening was to be covered by "a writing pool" made up of a reporter from The Toronto-Star and one from an unnamed French newspaper.
One reporter who tried to enter the reception was ushered out by Canadian Ambassador Jack Warren, who hosted the party for the Trudeaus.