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Canada's prime ministers: A day of honor

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Have your say - responses, Jan. 22

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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The creation of a "Prime Ministers' Day is very necessary for our country. We haven't taken the time to learn our history therefore we suffer from a diminished sense of nationalism and pride. Not nationalism in the "American" sense but our quiet, more reserved, Canadian pride in who we are, what we have gone through together, and what we value - collectively - as a people. I believe Sir John A. MacDonald was the most influential Prime Minister because he crafted the charter that formed the Dominion of Canada as well as overseeing the completion of the completely Canadian Transcontinental Railway. Either of these events would give a Prime Minister an asured place in history but collectively they show the true vision and commitment Sir John A. MacDonald showed to the people of Canada, past, present, and future. Very few - if any - politicians today can rightfully claim to show such commitment and any "vision".
Kelly Stadnyk

I'm responding to the 'Prime Minister's Day Campaign'. ONE: It's incredibly hard to get a hold of someone to express the wishes of an average Canadian about this idea. TWO: This idea isn't well thought out. Who thinks of these things anyway? If you look at the tally of 'No' to 'Yes' votes you'll see that it's not a good idea, and here's the reason why. There are too many conflicts - out of most of the people I've talked to it is agreed that it 'would be better' to have a Day for each individual Prime Minister, not one day for all. And I'm not talking a day off. Who thinks of these things? Certainly not a 'normal' thinking Canadian. We have such a rich history, and with it we're going to throw away the possibility of having multiple days throughout the year which could be commemorated to the fathers of this country, the ones who built it. But instead someone, or some group of people came up with the idea to have one single day to commemorate every Prime Minister we've ever had. I for one have voted a resounding NO to this idiotic idea. It's ideas like this that stifle the pride of this country. Thanks but no thanks. How about: Select a day through a National Referendum, an official vote at the time of the next election, not online, since it's not secure and a single person can vote multiple times if they know the right way of doing it.
Dave Turnbull

Joe Clark's thoughtful piece on John Diefenbaker missed one of the most important things the former Prime Minister ever did -- kill the Avro Arrow. That's what I'll remember him for, because my father, an engineer, was one of the 14,000 Avro people who lost their jobs that day. A supremely grateful America used that Canadian-generated skill and know-how to help put a man on the moon, and the Europeans used it to help build the Concorde. Diefenbaker understood prairie farmers and the west -- and that's good. But he was clueless about the importance of technology to Canada's future well-being. In fact he distrusted it completely. That's too bad.
Don Whiteley

I believe that to say no to Prime Ministers' day would be an outrage to Canadians as a whole! Less than half Canadians, when asked, even know whom our first Prime Minister was. But all of us know the first American President. Is that right? Of course it isn't! We need a reminder of our Fathers of Confederation, who really started Canada! If we ever needed a reminder of our heritage, this is it. I am all for a February holiday, a reminder of our history.
Mark

Pierre Trudeau. He was courageous, passionate about Canada, a unique and intellectual man who was never afraid to be himself. He was likeable, funny and had charisma. Although arrogant at times you couldn't help but love and admire him.
Barb Boodhan

Lester Pearson because of his leadership in establishing Canada as a peace-keeping nation.
D. Gibson

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