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Canada's prime ministers: A day of honor

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Have your say - responses, Jan. 20

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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We should never honour politicians. Back into antiquity they have always behaved the same. They are egotistical and amoral, seeking self-aggrandizement at the expense of the people they are meant to represent. Most of them are there because it is an easy, well-paid job with large perquisites, not requiring much in the way of intelligence or education. All they need for success is enough charisma and self-promotional skills to get them elected. They are only too well aware that, unfortunately we can't live without them; the alternatives are unthinkable. Like the rest of us, they have a job to do which some do better than others. Fortunately, like the rest of us, they, their families and descendents also have to pay for their sins of commission and omission. Obviously, to fill a void, some have to rise to the top; however, more often than not, by connivance and in more recent times by manipulation of the compliant, fawning media. But let us not honour them, for in most cases it is not honour they deserve.
Michael Macky

My favorite Canadian Prime Minister was Pierre E. Trudeau. He promoted, in my eyes, the true vision of Canada of Bilingualism. We are a country that is diversified and multicultural. He spoke his mind and expressed his views directly and openly. He is my absolute favorite.
Louise Gendron

Dead Prime Ministers Day is a waste of time and energy. We have enough holidays in this country as it is now. Keep people working, keep the economy growing! Don't give into the lazy politically correct lefties
Jock

No. I think we should honour Canadians who have done more than just get elected. What about those who are Canadian heroes? What about Terry Fox day? Or Norman Bethune? Henrietta Edwards? Therese Casgrain? And let's not forget that Remembrance Day is still not a holiday. Each has made courageous efforts for all Canadians and not just themselves. Sorry but I vote 'No' to Politicians.
Ken

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