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Have your say - responses, Jan. 21

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 vote yes for a holiday in February. This is the one time of the year when people need some time off (cold, low levels of light). Too bad about the right-wingers whose only concern is Canada's "level of productivity"! As far as a holiday for Prime Ministers; yes, we don't vote for them directly but they have the opportunity to distinguish themselves by their vision, actions, and diplomacy (none of which our current PM seems to have any of).
My favourite PM is Lester B. Pearson for his courage in the face of American pressure and hostility; for his ingenuity in bringing an end to the crisis at the Suez Canal; and for his enduring legacy of giving to Canada the trust and admiration of the world as a peacekeeping nation. Just a comment on Clark's article about Diefenbaker; why is there no mention about his shortsightedness in the scrapping of the Arrow program? Canada could have been a world leader in aeronautics and other spin-off industries if "The Chief" hadn't caved in to American pressure. Too many PM's have no backbone, including Chretien, and Canada suffers in the long-run for it. You want to know the explanation for the 'brain-drain'? Ask Dief.
David Spencer

Sir John A is my favourite followed by Laurier. John A & Cartier were nation-building visionaries who brought the French & English together. They were vital men who pulled a nation along with them. Macdonald was also one of Canada's most astute politicians. Laurier was our first French PM and a very good one. He was a strong believer in Canada but also believed Canada could compete economically with any country in the world. He set an example that future PM's would follow.
Mike

To find a favourite is difficult, not because it's a close race, but rather that I have to break it down to which is least disliked. I'll boil it down to John A. Macdonald for being the first. Ever since then, we've sunken more and more into a sea of corruption, debt, and pandering to Americans to prove our friendship. There hasn't been true vision from Ottawa in my lifetime.
D Gendron

Pierre Trudeau because he was wise and in tune with the issues of the time. He was able to speak his mind and opinions without really worrying about what others thought of him. A great leader.
Suzanne Chatelain

My favourite Prime Minister is without a doubt Sir John A. Macdonald. Not only because he was the first Prime Minister, but because he had a vision of this country, and an incredible will to be able to make Confederation work amidst the conflict between English and French. The building of the railway connecting British Columbia to eastern Canada could only have been done by him. Without this man, I doubt Canada would be the outstanding nation that it is.
James Baldwin

Pierre Elliot Trudeau - He had a vision of what the country should look like and how it should behave. He wrote this in an article in the 1950's. When he left us the country was how he thought it could be. He was independent and a true nationalist. He did not let the west or the unions or the Quebecois move him from his vision. He was a leader.
George D. Tripp

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