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Canada's prime ministers: A day of honor

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Have your say - responses, Part 4

Here is what some globeandmail.com visitors had to say about who their favorite prime minister is and why. You can find links to other responses at the bottom.

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I support your campaign, but I am very disappointed in your mistaken poll question. While 51% nationally named Sir John as "Canada's first prime minister" only 21% of Quebeckers did so. That's because the Quebeckers were right. He was the first Prime Minister of the Dominion, not of Canada. Quebeckers are much better aware of their pre-Confederation history than the rest of the country. The first prime minister of the Province of Canada was, of course, William Henry Draper. If you ran a poll asking "which English immigrant, noted lawyer, and first prime minister of the Province of Canada is known as the political godfather of Sir John A. Macdonald?" I bet the Ontario response would be abysmal, possible below the Quebec response even though Draper was an M.P. from Toronto.
Wilfred A. Day

I support an idea to honour the Prime Minister of Canada during the month of February.
Maryana Nikoula

I think Prime Ministers' Day should be on January 11, because that is Sir John A. Macdonald's birthday.
Mike Kram

I would like to see Prime Minister's Day named after Pierre Trudeau. While not one of the original founding fathers, he did much to form the Canada we know today. He removed our colonial status and he gave us our own Charter. He made every Canadian sit up and think about our country and what we wanted it to be. Love him or hate him, he nonetheless made Canada the independent and unique nation it is today. Please, let's have a holiday in February named after this great leader.
C. Lampkin

I am an Elementary school teacher in Sydney, Nova Scotia. This morning on CBC radio I heard an interview describing your goals for Prime Ministers Day. I was pleased to here the link you were making with Flag Day. Over the last several years, our school has made a point of marking Flag Day on Feb. 15. I don't think we do enough in our schools, especially with young children to promote our wonderful country. A day providing us with the opportunity to learn more about the people who have shaped our country is a wonderful idea.
Ruth Clarke, primary teacher

Plainly put, Canadian's lack of Historical knowledge shocks me. I'm not even the biggest fan of History and I still knew who our first Prime Minister was.
P. Macdonald

I believe that your efforts to commemorate our leading prime ministers are well founded. That a national holiday is the most effective way to do this is a litle less certain. I will read the essays by our living, former prime ministers on their predecessors and offer my comments.
Ronald Cooper

Your proposal is so typically Canadian...we cannot take a stand an honour the one Prime Minister that had done so much for Canada, we must do the great Canadian compromise and honour all the prime ministers. Realistically, I suppose if it were only a commemoration of Sir John A.'s birthday, it would never fly with our current government regime, which is prone to revisionism, political correctism and the glorification of all things that are large "L" liberal. My hat's off to John Turner for his tribute to Sir John A. Macdonald.
Paul Pedersen
Ottawa, Ontario
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