Friday, May 27, 2005

Getting Closer (PM Rankings Part III)

Number 10-Alexander Mackenzie

Who? Not very many people know Mr. Mackenzie as he is easily mixed up with other famous Mackenzies such as Prime Minister Mackenzie King or his grandfather rebellion of 1837 leader in Upper Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie. Not as famous as either of those two but Prime Minister Mackenzie was the one who brought in the Supreme Court, the secret ballot, RMC, Auditor General (not a big deal then but thanks to Mrs. Fraiser it is now) among other things.

Number 9-Louis St. Laurent

The academic Prime Minister was really the legacy that St. Laurent would leave. He was one who knew everything about the government, and everything about each portfolio. Although External Affairs Minister Pearson received all the credit for resolving the Suez crisis it was under his watch. He also helped establish NATO and brought the tenth province Newfoundland into confederation. He also laid the groundwork for the old age pension system as well as expanding the Trans-Canada highway.

Number 8-Lester B. Pearson

Pearson is somebody which I always feel deserves to be higher but pretty much all his accomplishments were due to a minority government or things that happened before he was Prime Minister. He was probably best known for resolving the Suez Crisis (which won him the Nobel prize) as External Affairs Minister and the creation of the modern-day peacekeeping idea. Domestically he oversaw the universal Medicare system we have now as well as the creation of the Maple Leaf as our flag.

Number 7-Brian Mulroney

Possibly the modern day devil but you have to give credit where credit is due. He over saw landmark legislation and landmark failures. US-Canada Free Trade and the Canada Health Act are two pieces of legislation that we cherish yet the GST is something we really cannot forget (literally). Failures such as Meech and Charlottetown are what he will always be remembered by at the end of the day. Still, Mulroney was pretty daring and took many chances. More then another other Prime Minister in decades and for that he gets his due.

3 Comments:

  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger Cranky Man said…

    I thought you said you were a Liberal...

    Mike Pearson - father of the flag, medicare and CPP - behind his satanic majesty, Brian Mulroney - father of tainted tuna, stripper-gate and the Bloc Quebecois?

     
  • At 5:19 PM, Blogger Political Nobody said…

    I'll be honest it shocked me also but I stand by my decision

     
  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Jason Cherniak said…

    Let' just ignore the fact that Mulroney almost destroyed the country? Turner would have brought us free trade in a much less controvercial manner and avoided the Meech Lake fiasco. Without that, seperatism would be long dead.

     

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