Best Canadian Prime Ministers

The Top Ten
1 Stephen Harper Stephen Joseph Harper is a Canadian politician and member of Parliament who served as the 22nd prime minister of Canada, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015. He was the first prime minister to come from the modern Conservative Party of Canada, which was formed by a merger of the Progressive Conservative more.

Pierre Trudeau? Greatest PM? Are you people serious? If creating the worst deficit in canadian history, creating the highest rate of unemployment in Canadian history, killing industries, ordering martial law, attempting to nationalize energy and allowing third world immigrants to flood Canada are what you think makes a good leader, then I just don't know what to say. Stephen Harper on the other hand, created Canada's lowest unemployment rate in 40 years and because of him, Canada has emerged out of the worst recession since the 1930s better than lots of countries and will be one of the first developed countries to balance a budget since the recession began. That's a leader I can be proud of.

The media will say a lot about this man; especially considering the primary focus of these elections were to get him out of office by the Liberals and NDP party. The greatest Prime Minister of all time? Maybe not. But certainly one of the best. Trudeau being number one is just not right. He was a charismatic guy, but didn't do as much as people make it out to be. Pearson, Laurier, Harper, and King. Those are the great Prime Ministers of Canada. Back to Harper, a man who invested in the people and believed in the achievement of greatness. While his environmental policies weren't anything to prance about, his foreign policies were one of the best Canada has ever seen. The economy was managed well under Harper. He couldn't control oil prices and the recession which had an effect as he took and managed parliament. He managed to have very low unemployment levels for the general period of time which he took office. Overall, while he may not have been the best in every regard, Harper was a ...more

Steered a nation through the Great Recession. Canada is the ONLY G8 country not to have suffered the effects of the global financial crisis, because of Harper's brilliant use of budgetary deficit when required - in times of NEED! In good years, we should have balanced budgets or surpluses to live within our means, unlike Justin and Pierre Trudeau, silver spoon Socialists who buried this country in debt to carry out their Socialist policies...all on the backs of working Canadians! No wonder they were best friends with Fidel Castro!

It wasn't glamorous and it wasn't flashy. He ran the country well and we are all to thank for it, even if we don't know it yet. Many of you don't realize the good that Harper has done because you take it for granted in your daily lives. History will judge him well.

2 Pierre Trudeau Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau , often referred to by the initials PET, was a Canadian politician who served as the 15th prime minister of Canada.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Decriminalization of Gay Relationships (as Lester Pearson's Minister of Justice), were all accomplished by this man.

Trudeau and his son are the inspiration of my heritage fair project. Frankly, he has completed so much for this country.
The canadian charter of rights was signed by him! That chart gives any canadian the right to vote and give his thoughts!
He was an army cadet, and you could find family members dating back to the early 1500s!
Pierre, is, without a doubt, the greatest prime minister.

John Lennon once stated that " if all politicians were like Mr. Trudeau there would be world peace. absolutely amazing man and by anyone who understands is held in higher regard than most people here.

He made the people love him and appealed to everybody. He deserves the number 1 spot.

3 John A. Macdonald

He is the worst Canadian Prime Minister - Who Likes Racist Colonizers who Created the Villainous Indian act. He is even worse then Bowell or Harper. MacDonald is a Racist Looser!

Was part of founding Canada was behind the first national park and more!

Railroads. What more do you need?

4 William Lyon Mackenzie King

Longest serving, retired or died in office, I can't remember.

5 Wilfrid Laurier

Laurier was the greatest Prime Minister because he brought the most personal liberty, economic success, lots of pride in Canada, and was the longest continuously serving PM.
Also, it is worth mentioning the inclusion of Alberta and Saskatchewan into Canada in his day.

6 Lester Pearson

Created the Universal Healthcare System, Student Loan System, etc. Many of the programs that Canada is known for were done by him.

He introduced universal health care, student loans, the Canada Pension Plan, the Order of Canada, the Maple Leaf flag and helped create legal equality for women. His Liberal government also unified Canada's armed forces. Pearson convened the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Bi-culturalism, and he kept Canada out of the Vietnam War.

Pearson was the consumate diplomat politically. He gave Canada it's own distinctive flag and was responsible for making Canada a world leader in peace keeping.

His additions to aid people in the middle class is arguably one of the greatest among all of these people. He should be higher.

7 Jean Chretien

Kept the country together during the 1995 Referendum (which was so close!), passed the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which has been successful at holding youth accountable.

The only modern PM to pay down the debt, was more fiscally Conservative than the Conservatives. Gave a lifetime of service to Canada and its people. Came from humble beginnings. Very knowledgeable man. Was not a tax and spend Liberal. Must be very disappointed in the present Liberal PM.

He refused Canada to be in war with Iraq and Syria.

He should be higher

8 Justin Trudeau Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP (born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician who is the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada (assumed office November 4, 2015). He is the leader of the Liberal Party and the second-youngest Canadian prime minister after Joe Clark. His father, Pierre more.

Passed a lot of legislation to stop climate change, such as the Single-Use Plastic Ban, Carbon Tax, a promise to reduce methane emissions by at least 75% below 2012 levels, Clean Fuel Standard. Started a lot of progress on indigenous reconciliation, though he's not perfect, through protecting Indigenous Languages, moving forward with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Also dealt with the biggest POS President in modern memory, Donald Trump and managed to keep Canada safe along with Chrystia Freeland during that, even though the USMCA has a lot that needs to be fixed.

Am believing this Prime Minister gives what Canada needs and is a good Prime Minister, despite being a little overly detachment when it comes to certain policies and certain events. The media though is on the hill about the Liberals non stop however. Not sure if that is good or bad still.

Justin Trudeau has a lot of things to fix because of Harper's ignorance. Even with a lot of negativity Trudeau stands tall and keeps reminding Canadians that we will get back what we once had. He also has big shoes to fill as his dad was one of the best PM's the country ever had.

Way better than Stephen Harper. He accepts all religions and he never insulted people by race. He should at least be fifth.

9 Alexander Mackenzie

A man of unshakeable principles. He detested patronage so much that he had a secret staircase that led directly from his office in the West Block to the outside to avoid those seeking lucrative government contracts in exchange for party contributions. He was the first 'working-class' prime minister, a stonemason who led from a strong, moral base. We need more like him! Unfortunately, despite his accomplishments which are still in place today, he is a mere footnote in Canadian history.

No corruption, honest, straight-shooting PM, who initiated the secret ballot (privacy); founded the Royal Military College; created the Supreme Court of Canada and created the office of Auditor General."

10 Robert Borden
The Contenders
11 Louis St. Laurent

Had to deal with the damage after WWII, the beginning of the cold war and the Korean war. He also brought Canada economy back and helped in the joining Newfoundland to the country

12 John Diefenbaker

People back in the day did not understand his train of thought. He was more for Canada as a whole. He had ethics, morals, and a love for the country. He was ahead of the times in mind set. Today we have a real a Hole who is giving the country away to individuals who want to change the laws of the land. Here we see that they are getting it, at the tax payers expense. He obviously is on his own drug plan that Margret Trudeau was on, (she had the weed delivered to her door, accepted by the police at the front door, whereby for all the rest of Canada it was illegal to have even a smidgen). The whole family is on Drugs.

13 Paul Martin

Probably the most underrated Liberal PM. He's remembered for the Sponsorship Scandal, but managed to pass a lot of important measures such as the Kelowna Accord, which tried to make crucial investments toward the future of Indigenous People, which would help them in the long run. Also set targets during the last major global climate conference, called the Kyoto Protocol, which tried to reduce our emissions and Canada's overall impact.

He did make gay marriage legally in 2005. That's something to be proud of Canada.

14 Arthur Meighen
15 Charles Tupper
16 Brian Mulroney
17 Kim Campbell

Showed all those guys out there that women can hold office as well.

Yes... but how long did she hold office for?

18 R. B. Bennett
19 John Turner
20 John Abbott

"If only you got to know the guy..."

Very capable, managed to get some very sensitive legislation passed in the 17 months he was PM. "


21 John Sparrow David Thompson
22 Mackenzie Bowell
23 Joe Clark
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