Lester B. Pearson 's Greatest Prime Minister Essays

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Lester B. Pearson: Canada 's Greatest Prime Minister
Being elected as prime minister of Canada is the greatest honour a Canadian political leader can receive. Lester Bowles Pearson was the most impactful man ever to take on the role of prime minister. Lester B. Pearson Pearson deserves this title because he defined Canada 's identity whilst creating and improving various social programs, which drastically improved the overall quality of life in Canada.(Biris ‘6’) Additionally, Pearson elegantly established Canada as a peacekeeping nation through his international relationships.(Biris ‘2’)
Lester B. Pearson built Canada’s identity through the introduction of the Canadian flag, he also established the Canadian Royal Commision of Bilingualism and Biculturalism.(Biris ‘11’) In addition to all of that he unified Canada 's Armed Forces, which has helped lead to the strong, organized and unified forces Canada has today.(Wise ‘72’) When Pearson was elected in 1963, he had already made a commitment to give Canada a new flag. Pearson realized that Canada was becoming more independant and he thought it was time that Canada replaced its handly down Red Ensign flag.(Colombo ‘13’) Veterans who fought in the First and Second World War, fought under the Red Ensign flag. To them this flag was very important and they felt that the introduction of a new flag would diminish Canada 's connection with Britain. On the other side, many non British Canadians felt that the existing flag did not…

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