Canada's Best Prime Minister: Vote On Who You Think Has Been Our Most Successful Leader

The Huffington Post Canada  |  Posted: 05/04/2012 1:51 pm Updated: 05/05/2012 10:20 am

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Vote on who you think has been Canada's best prime minister. (CP/Wikimedia)

Who has been Canada's best prime minister?

According to Brian Mulroney, it was John A. Macdonald. But we're leaving our list up to you.

Mulroney was among five former PMs honoured Thursday night in Toronto at the Public Policy Forum's annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards.

The gathering came as the Institute for Research on Public Policy released a list of Canada's best premiers since the 1970s, which gave us the idea to let you decide who our best prime minister since Confederation has been.

Vote on your favourites in the slideshow below and make sure to check back on this page to see who wins.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the best premier's list was released by the Public Policy Forum. It was actually released by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

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  • Vote On Canada's Best Prime Minister

    Let us know who Canada's best and worst leaders have been. (CP/<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Stephen Harper

    Has served from 2006 - present. (CP)

  • Paul Martin

    Served from 2003- 2006 (CP)

  • Jean Chrétien

    Served from 1993- 2003. (CP)

  • Kim Campbell

    Served from June 25, 1993 - November 4, 1993. (CP)

  • Brian Mulroney

    Served from 1984 - 1993. (CP)

  • John Turner

    Served from June 30, 1984 - September 17, 1984. (CP)

  • Joe Clark

    Served from June 4, 1979 - March 3, 1980. (CP)

  • Pierre Trudeau

    Served from 1968 - 1979 and from 1980 - 1984. (CP)

  • Lester B. Pearson

    Served from 1963 - 1968. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • John Diefenbaker

    Served from 1957 - 1963. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Louis St. Laurent

    Served from 1948 - 1957. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • R. B. Bennett - 60

    Served from 1930 - 1935.(<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • William Lyon Mackenzie King

    Served from 1935 - 1948 and from 1926 - 1930. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Arthur Meighen

    Served from July 10, 1920 - December 29, 1921. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir Robert Borden

    Served from 1911 - 1920. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier

    Served from 1896 - 1911. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir Charles Tupper

    Served from May 1, 1896 - July 8, 1896. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir Mackenzie Bowell

    Served from December 21, 1894 - April 27, 1896. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir John Thompson

    Served from December 5, 1892 - December 12, 1894. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir John Abbott

    Served from June 16, 1891 - November 24, 1892. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir Alexander Mackenzie

    Served from 1873 - 1878. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)

  • Sir John A. Macdonald

    Served from 1867 - 1873. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Canada" target="_hplink">Wikimedia</a>)




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  • Who Was Canada's Best Premier?

    Policy Options magazine asked 30 historians, political scientists, economists, journalists and policy advisers from across Canada to pick their top five choices for best provincial premier since 1972. Here are the answers. (CP)

  • 5. Robert Bourassa

    Bourassa served as premier of Quebec from 1970 - 1976 and then from 1985 - 1994. (CP)

  • 4. Frank McKenna

    McKenna served as premier of New Brunswick from 1987 to 1997. (CP)

  • 3. Allan Blakeney

    Blakeney served as premier of Saskatchewan from 1971 - 1982. (CP)

  • 2. William Davis

    Davis served as premier of Ontario from 1971 - 1985. (CP)

  • 1. Peter Lougheed

    Lougheed served as premier of Alberta from 1971 - 1985.<br><br> The magnitude of support for Lougheed in the survey spanned the country, with first-place votes in all regions Jury members were also asked to rate premiers according to nine questions pertaining to various aspects of leadership, such as vision and communications, fiscal and economic management, intergovernmental relations and other important files. Lougheed's ratings were higher than the others on all questions, and ranged from 4.23 on interprovincial relations to 4.77 on ability to win over voters and elections. (CP)

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