Famous Canadian Leaders

The second largest country in the world, Canada has an interesting political legacy. Bearing witness to numerous wars, battles and conflicts the country is home to some of the famous leaders of all time. Rene Levesque is a name of significance among the nation’s Quebec separatists leaders who set the stage for Quebec’s separation from Canada but his efforts were foiled by his contemporary Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau is lauded for his successful efforts in restoring unity within the nation and was also the Prime Minister of the country, a post which he held for fifteen years. The aboriginal community has also produced several noteworthy leaders like Mikak, who is known for her contribution in developing peaceful relationships with Labrador. Nahnebahwequay and Elsie Knott are other famous aboriginal leaders from the country. Modern day politicians who have earned international acclaim include UN Diplomat Stephen Lewis, known for his charitable work, Stephen Harper the current prime Minister of Canada and Nina Grewal, the first South Asian woman to serve in the Canadian Parliament. To know more about the life stories and timelines of these famous Canadian politicians explore our collection of biographies, where we have even revealed some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Rob Ford

Rob Ford
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Famous As: Former Mayor of Toronto
Birthdate: May 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
Died: March 22, 2016

Canadian politician, Rob Ford, served as the 64th mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014. His political career was marred by many personal and work-related controversies and legal proceedings. He suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction, and his involvement in a substance abuse scandal nearly killed his career. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and died in 2016.

 2 John A. Macdonald

John A. Macdonald
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: January 11, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
Died: June 6, 1891

John A. Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada. A dominant figure in Canadian politics for half a century, he was a lawyer by profession before venturing into politics. As a politician, he was influential in building Canada’s new government. To date, he remains one of the highest-rated prime ministers in Canadian history. 

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 3 Kenny Omega

Kenny Omega
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 4 Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Stephen Harper is a Canadian politician and economist. From 2006 to 2015, Harper served as the prime minister of Canada. In 2019, he was made the Companion of the Order of Canada for his service to the nation and for his illustrious career in politics.

 5 Louis Riel

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: November 16, 1885

Louis Riel was a Canadian politician. He is credited with founding the province of Manitoba. He holds a significant place in the history of the Métis people as he served as their political leader in pre-Manitoba Northwest Territories. Louis Riel is regarded as a folk hero by the Métis and other Canadian minorities for his efforts to defend their rights.

 6 Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
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 7 Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier
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Famous As: 7th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: November 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 17, 1919

Wilfrid Laurier was a Canadian politician who served as the seventh prime minister of Canada; he was in office from 1896 to 1911. Counted amongst the country's greatest statesmen, he envisioned Canada as a “land of individual liberty and decentralized federalism.” He was placed first on Maclean's historical ranking of Canadian prime ministers in 2011.

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 8 Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: January 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

Jagmeet Singh is a Canadian politician and lawyer. Since 2017, Singh has been serving as the leader of the popular Canadian political party, New Democratic Party. Jagmeet Singh serves as an inspiration to other Canadian politicians of Indian origin as he is the first member from a visible minority group to lead a prominent federal political party in Canada.

 9 Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

Justin Trudeau is one of the most popular and good-looking Canadian politicians of all time. His good looks have made women and men go weak in their knees. After becoming the second-youngest prime minister of Canada, Justin went on to become one of the most liked politicians around the world.

 10 Andrew Scheer

Andrew Scheer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 11 Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Pierre Elliott Trudeau
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 28, 2000

 12 Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau
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Famous As: 15th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 28, 2000

Pierre Trudeau was a Canadian politician who served as the 15th prime minister of the country. His personality generated excitement within Canada's mass media, which gave rise to the term Trudeaumania. The effects of Trudeau's contribution to Canadian nationalism can still be felt in Canada. 

 13 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian, American

 14 Doug Ford

Doug Ford
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Famous As: Businessman, Politician
Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian entrepreneur and politician Doug Ford is currently serving as the premier of Ontario. He belongs to the Progressive Conservative party and also co-owns the printing business Deco Labels and Tags. He is an ethical vegetarian. He has also co-authored a book with his brother, Rob Ford.

 15 Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney
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Famous As: Politician, Prime Minister
Birthdate: March 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 16 Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland
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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 

 17 Jean Chrétien

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
Jean Chrétien was the Canadian prime minister from 1993 to 2003. He has previously served in cabinet posts such as the minister of justice and the minister of finance. He has led the Liberal Party of Canada and helped in the passage of the Clarity Act.

 18 Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: September 23, 1919

 19 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 20 William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: December 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 22, 1950

 21 Tommy Douglas

Tommy Douglas
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Famous As: Former Canadian Politician & Baptist Minister
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 24, 1986

Tommy Douglas was a Scottish Canadian politician. From 1944 to 1961, he served as premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first to introduce North America's first single-payer, universal health care program. His life and career inspired a TV miniseries titled Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, in which Douglas was played by actor Michael Therriault.

 22 Joe Clark

Joe Clark
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, businessman, and politician. In 1979, he became the youngest person to be elected as the prime minister of Canada and served in this position until 1980. He lost the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1983 before gaining prominence once again in 1984 when he served as a senior cabinet minister. 

 23 Paul Martin

Paul Martin
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, American

 24 John Turner

John Turner
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
John Turner was the Canadian prime minister from June to September, 1984, for only 79 days, which was the second-shortest tenure in the history of Canada. He had been the leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Opposition, and had held important posts, such as the minister of finance.

 25 Lester B. Pearson

Lester B. Pearson
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Famous As: 14th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: April 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 27, 1972

Lester B. Pearson was a Canadian statesman, scholar, diplomat, and soldier. He is best remembered for organizing the first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in an attempt to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis, for which he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. From 1963 to 1968, Lester B. Pearson served as the prime minister of Canada.

 26 Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 27 Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 28 Joe Weider

Joe Weider
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Famous As: Functionary, Editor
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: March 23, 2013

 29 Rona Ambrose

Rona Ambrose
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Famous As: Former Member of the Canadian House of Commons
Birthdate: March 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 30 Erin O'Toole

Erin O'Toole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 31 Paul Watson

Paul Watson
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Famous As: Sailor, Environmentalist, Admiral
Birthdate: December 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 32 Roch Thériault

Roch Thériault
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: February 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 26, 2011

 33 David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet

David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 34 John Tory

John Tory
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Famous As: Mayor of Toronto
Birthdate: May 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

John Tory is a Canadian politician who is serving as the current mayor of Toronto. Before establishing himself as a politician, Tory was a businessman, lawyer, and political strategist. John Tory has several honors under his belt, including the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011, he was honored with a Harry Jerome Award. 

 35 David Johnston

David Johnston
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Famous As: Diplomat, Academic, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 36 Paul Hellyer

Paul Hellyer
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Famous As: Politician, Ufologist, Writer
Birthdate: August 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 37 Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 38 John Diefenbaker

John Diefenbaker
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: September 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, South African
Died: August 16, 1979

Known as Dief the Chief, former Canadian prime minister John Diefenbaker is remembered for his efforts in passing the Canadian Bill of Rights and extending voting rights to First Nations people. He had also had a successful stint as a defense lawyer before being elected to the parliament.

 39 Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay
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Famous As: Former Canadian Member of Parliament
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 40 Jack Layton

Jack Layton
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Famous As: Politician, University teacher, Political scientist
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: August 22, 2011

 41 Michaëlle Jean

Michaelle Jean
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Famous As: Former Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: September 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian stateswoman who became the first black person and Haitian Canadian to serve as Governor General of Canada, a position which she held from 2005 to 2010. In 2015, Jean became the first woman to serve as the secretary-general of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, a position which she held until the end of 2018.

 42 Ezra Levant

Ezra Levant
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Famous As: lawyer
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 43 Christy Clark

Christy Clark
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Famous As: Politician, Radio personality
Birthdate: October 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 44 Dov Charney

Dov Charney
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 45 Maurice Boucher

Maurice Boucher
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Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 46 Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: May 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 47 Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Politician, Novelist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 48 Robert Borden

Robert Borden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 26, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: June 10, 1937

 49 Richard Li

Richard Li
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 50 William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1795
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American, Scottish
Died: August 28, 1861