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Canada's prime ministers: A day of honor

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Have your say - responses, Jan. 18

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 met Prime Minister Pearson in 1965 in his "oval" office with Tommy Douglas while bicycling across Canada. I had a letter from the twin mayors of Port Alberni, B.C. Mr. Les Hammer and Mr. Fred Bishop introducing me, Cliff Neyedli. While I was shaking Prime Ministers Pearson's hand I noticed he was the same height as I was: 6 foot one inch. I asked if he was wearing elevator shoes? He asked why would ask that question? Simple, I said. Prime Minister Pearson every time I see you on TV you looked like a midget. I do not understand! WHY? The Prime Minister said.... Voila, he said, gesturing with his hands around and about his the tall personal secretaries (later, I learned those "secretaries" were his personal body guards and 6 feet 11 inches, and 7 feet one inch tall, only appearing to make him look small when Canadians saw him on TV. The Prime Minister said I was a "very observant young Lad, one day you will make Canada a good ambassador." unquote. In my life know matter what I doing I always try to be a good ambassador for Canada.....I was 19 at the time when I was cycling across Canada. On my down days, I just relive the moment of what Honourable Prime Minister Pearson said and relive the comment on how I floated down the Parliament hallways. Yes, I would like to see a Prime Ministers' Day because it would allow me to think and reflect about this great country we live in and great Prime Minister leaders that we had and the one we have today. Cool Blessings to Prime Ministers' Day. You have my vote and my wife Sheila's vote too.
Clifford G. Neyedli, Coquitlam, BC

If Prime Minister Chretien goes through with his possible plan for a basic income for all Canadians, he most definitely will be my "favourite" PM. As well, how about a four-day work week and an end to the phony work ethic we and our predecessors have been labouring under since the Industrial Revolution. It would end unemployment and welfare. Social justice for all and peace,
John Mark Sherlock

It's a toss up. Certainly John A. McDonald is as important as any founding father, but all of them gave of themselves as well as some of their families. If we have a Prime Ministers' Day, it should reflect all of the contributions of those that served us whether popular or otherwise, they were all good men and it's a compilation of their successes that brought us this distance, weathered many a storm. It should be among all of our hopes that we should produce more of the same quality of leaders as the past has so graciously given us and that we Canadians meet the challenges ahead unified with strengths combined toward our common goals, yes there is a lot to bicker about but also much to be thankful for, such as freedom to bicker. I love this country , I think it's beautiful and many a brave soldier bled for hours in the muck wishing they were back here and that they'd see their families one more time and could not. It would be a small token of appreciation for an extremely large price paid by the average Canadian to pay homage for a day. My favorite Prime Minister is Mr. Trudeau or Mr. Pearson: Pierre was Charismatic for one thing and disliked as I do the seemingly endless heckling that goes on in the House and Mr. Pearson of course brought honour to the nation with the Nobel Prize. I'd be happy to see each one on a coin and give the Queen a year off.
Daniel St.Onge

I vote for Sir John A. MacDonald. A real visionary, who brought our country into nation status and bound us together with the trans-Canada railway.
Garrett Schultens

John A. Macdonald. He fought hard for Confederation. He gave Canadians a national dream few people of his time comprehended, he almost single-handedly had the national railroad built (cpr), he was one of the most ardent Canadian Nationalists in our history. I voted for a Prime Ministers' Day but I really want a John A. Macdonald day - with the exceptions of Wilfrid Laurier and John Diefenbaker the rest are not exactly inspiring.
Paul john miller

I want to thank you for writing this article. It is long overdue. We as Canadians need to raise our awareness and pride of our history.
Steve Rynard

Lester Pearson was a statesman, all the rest were politicians. The "successful" Liberal politicians were the ones who only looked to win the next election, and the country can - and did - go to hell.
Don Ball

Sir John A. is the only one the list that is worthy of celebration. The rest in my humble opinion, are just politicians. Few if any, had any real vision of what we have in Canada. Those who had a vision were only really interested in furthering their own immortality, including the present PM. It is very important that new Canadians know who Sir John A. was and how important he was in bringing the great country together. They are all not equal.

Robert L. Rogers
Canada has plenty of holidays as it is. We seem to spend a lot of time and energy differentiating ourselves from the U.S. (instead of looking for ways to benefit from a closer relationship). Of course when more couch time is at stake we'll happily point to President's Day as an excuse for another holiday!
Dale Richardson

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