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Canada's prime ministers: A day of honor

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Have your say - responses, Jan. 19

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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Newfoundlanders must not be forced to celebrate the Prime Ministers of a historically speaking foreign country called Canada. These Prime Ministers of The Country Newfoundland must be celebrated by all Newfoundlanders and Canada: 1855-1858: Philip F. Little 1858-1861: John Kent 1861-1865: Sir Hugh W. Hoyles 1865-1869: Sir F. B. T. Carter 1870-1874: Charles Fox Bennett 1874-1878: Sir F. B. T. Carter 1878-1885: Sir William V. Whiteway 1885-1889: Sir Robert Thorburn 1889-1894: Sir William V. Whiteway 1894: Augustus F. Goodridge 1894-1895: Daniel J. Greene 1895-1897: Sir William V. Whiteway 1897-1900: Sir James S. Winter 1900-1909: Sir Robert Bond 1909-1918: Sir Edward P. Morris 1918-1919: Sir William F. Lloyd 1919: Sir Michael P. Cashin 1919-1923: Sir Richard A. Squires 1923-1924: William R. Warren 1924: Albert E. Hickman 1924-1928: Walter S. Monroe 1928: Frederick C. Alderdice 1928-1932: Sir Richard A. Squires 1932-1934: Frederick C. Alderdice Note: The Country of Newfoundland had Prime Ministers even before Canada was a country.
Patrick Flemming

It bears reiterating that in Canada the PM is the head of the executive branch of government and not, I repeat not, the head of state. Your holiday should be in honour of your queen or her representative--Canada's true head of state. Now, if you want to salute the fact we remain saddled with an English royal on our back, go ahead.
Stephanie Jones

I'm from Quebec and I find it hard to believe that such a rascal would be commemorated. Anyone with knowledge of Canadian history knows that this is completely unacceptable to Quebecers and others who remember the great reformist tradition of the 19th century. To me, its attitude toward the Metis, his betrayal of the 1864 Quebec City agreement in London 1867, and his subsequent treason of the spirit of the 1867 Act, have put the country in the mess where it always has been since. This is outrageous. Who's paying you for that useless propaganda?
Jerome

Re: Prime Minister's Day...Why not honour all PM's and call it Prime Minister's Day. It would be unfair to make it a popularity contest when most PM's are outside of our living experience. We have had a lot of good PM's, a couple of great PM's and a few OK.
Carolyn Murphy

None of our prime ministers have been any good. Our choice at election time is which twit do we want to have as a dictator for the next 3 to 5 years. If we had a good one any time in the past it would not be that way.
R. taylor

Sir John A. MacDonald "understood the fabric of the country and our need to remain sovereign and independent from the United States." (Bob Rae) This critical need is something that Mulroney forgot in the century following our greatest political leader. Free Trade with an economic and, increasingly, conscious-less giant is absolute folly. Canada is now regretting this choice, as we struggle with high unemployment and our own fledgling identity. Let us, therefore, celebrate and reintroduce the ideals of a true Canadian patriot, our first Prime Minister.
... Lynne

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