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The 10 Best Prime Ministers in Canadian History

No human being is perfect, each of these great men had personal problems and challenges but these are the best prime ministers in Canadian history and are responsible for the great nation that Canada is today. Please comment and let us know what you think in the comments section.

1. Sir Wilfrid Laurier

As the 19th century was that of the United States, so I think the 20th century shall be filled by Canada.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Not a single person we spoke too had any objection to Sir Wilfrid Laurier being first on this list. He is regarded by many, not just here in Canada but all around the world as one of Canada’s top 3 prime ministers ever. Either way you look at it, he is in the top 3. He is the 7th prime minister and the 4th longest serving prime minister in office. He championed conciliation when Canada was still a very young and an unstable nation. He was a key peacemaker between English and French Canada, and even though he was French – he was first and foremost a Canadian. He had a vision of a “one united Canada”.

He was a champion for civil liberty for all Canadians. He was focused, disciplined and a true leader who brought people together. His achievements are far too many to list on this page, but he had such a profound impact on Canada that his likeness has been immortalized forever on the 5 dollar Canadian banknotes in your wallet.

2. Sir John A. Macdonald

Let us be English or let us be French… but above all let us be Canadians.

John A Macdonald – first Prime Minister of Canada

He is sometimes simply referred to as “the First“, Sir John A. Macdonald is the first prime minister of Canada. He led discussions, which ultimately gave birth to Canada as an independent country in the summer of July 1, 1987. Through a lot of uncertainties and challenges, he took on the great honour and responsibility of leading and guiding a young nation. Mr. Macdonald laid a strong foundation for all his successors. He was a proud and great leader, full of conviction. Without his strong guidance, the Canada you see today would have been a very different place. One of the longest-serving prime minister.

Without question, one of the greatest prime ministers in Canadian history – easily in the top 3. You also see his face on the 10 dollar Canadian banknotes.

3. Lester B. Pearson

We are all descendants of Adam, and we are all products of racial miscegenation.

Lester B. Pearson

Called by close friends and family as Mike, Mr. Lester B. Pearson is the most popular and most liked prime minister by the general public in Canadian history. He was not only the 14th prime minister of Canada but also a soldier who served in our armed forces. He was charming, charismatic, energetic and a people’s person.

His impact on Canadian society is everlasting; student loans, universal healthcare, the Maple leaf flag and so much more. Mr. Pearson was an innovator and a forward thinker.

He has monuments, institutions, and schools named after him all over the country; perhaps the most famous being the Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto. He is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

4. William Lyon Mackenzie King

Government, in the last analysis, is organized opinion. Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government.

William Lyon Mackenzie King

Mr. Mackenzie King is the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Canada and lead Canada during a very tense and troubling time – World War 2. He is regarded by many as the best politicians Canada has ever had, certainly the most experienced. He was an extremely hard worker and improved Canada’s image at home and abroad.

A great leader who was very admired and respected. He has institutions and property named after him such as the Mackenzie King bridge in Ottawa. He is also on the 50 dollar Canadian banknotes.

5. Louis St. Laurent

I didn’t know at first that there were two languages in Canada. I just thought that there was one way to speak to my father and another to speak to my mother.

Louis St. Laurent

You may have heard of the name St. Laurent somewhere and it is for good reason; many institutions and streets are named after the 12th prime minister of Canada. Mr. St. Laurent was a great politician and prime minister. He is credited by many as having the best foreign policy of any government in the history of Canada. His foreign policies put Canada on the map on the world stage.

6. John Diefenbaker

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.

John Diefenbaker blowing candles on a cake

Known for his famous quotes among the new generation of Canadians, he was a soldier who proudly served Canada in world war 1, Mr. John Diefenbaker was Canada’s 13th prime minister. John was disciplined, precise and a great leader. He definitely belongs on this list of titans.

7. Pierre Trudeau

The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.

Pierre Trudeau

A law graduate from the University of Montreal, Pierre was beloved by the media, and a large population of the general public. Not far behind Lester B. Pearson, Mr. Pierre Trudeau is also a very popular figure in Canadian history and is one of the longest-serving prime ministers (the 3rd longest). He is the father of current prime minister Justin Trudeau.

8. Jean Chrétien

On the beach behind us, Canadians gave their lives so the world would be a better place. In death they were not anglophones or francophones, not from the West or the East, not Christians or Jews, not aboriginal people or immigrants. They were Canadians.

Jean Chrétien

Some of you will disagree and say Mr. Chrétien does not belong on this list, but based on many people we spoke too, they expressed that he was a good prime minister, and we agree. He is one of the longest-serving prime ministers. He strongly opposed Quebec separatists and promoted bilingualism. He worked in Pierre Trudeau’s government, held several titles.

9. Brian Mulroney

I would go to them and I would explain this is the price of going forward. We’re going to move ahead in all these other areas. We’re moving ahead in tax reform and GST, we are moving ahead on trade, but this will not be done at the cost of the environment.

Brian Mulroney

Even though his government introduced the controversial GST (Goods and Sales Tax), Brian was also a good prime minister and is thought highly by most Canadians. He was prime minister from 1984 to 1993, which is a pretty long time. Prior to becoming prime minister, he was a businessman and lawyer.

10. R. B. Bennett

I am 65 years old. When one reaches my time of life, ambitions dim, the love of power dies, the plaudits of the multitude can scarce be heard, its condemnation is just as meaningless.

Mr. R.B Bennett

One of our personal favorite – who could forget the famous “Bennett letters”? Well, most people don’t know about them, and so we will do an entire page very soon on that. He was the 11th prime minister of Canada and served from 1930 to 1935 through very troubling times – the Great Depression. He was already a millionaire prior to becoming prime minister and as a result, a lot of very desperate Canadians personally reached out to him for help. He personally helped many a lot of Canadians pay rent, buy food, pay their mortgage and so much more. He was a great man.

His legacies include the Bank of Canada and the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

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