05/03/2012 11:11 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Best Premiers: Policy Group Picks Top Canadian Provincial Leaders Since 1972

MONTREAL - 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.

The magazine is published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, an independent, national, bilingual, non-profit organization,

The 30 were asked to rank the top five from a list of 18 potential candidates, the winner was the only premier chosen by all jurors, and 21 chose the winning leader in the number 1 position.

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5. Robert Bourassa

4. Frank McKenna

3. Allan Blakeney

2. William Davis

1. Peter Lougheed