Famous Canadian Political Leaders

Canada is a democratic country governed by a three tier government. At the grass root level there are municipal governments, then there are provincial and territorial governments at tier 2 and at the highest tier is the federal government. Though the monarch is the head of the state, the Members of Parliament belonging to various political parties are involved in the law-making. The Prime Minister is the head of Government in the country. The country has seen some of the greatest political leaders who have contributed to the development and well-being of their subjects. William Aberhart played an instrumental part in reviving the economy from the Great Depression with his statist economic theories. The contributions of George-Etienne Cartier in uniting the French and English Canadians and that of Amor DeCosmos in influencing the merger of British Columbian province with Canada is etched in the history of the nation. The political history of Canada is incomplete without the mention of Thomas D’Arcy Etienne Hughes McGee, who is the only political leader of the country to be assassinated. Other notable political leaders of the country include the likes of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, William Lyon Mackenzie King and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson. Here we present to you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous Canadian political leaders. Read on to know more about their lives, timeline and achievements. Here, you will also find some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.

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 1 Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau.
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

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.

 2 Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau.
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Famous As: 15th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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. 

 3 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
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 22, 1950

Canadian statesman and politician Mackenzie King OM CMG PC, was the 10th prime minister of Canada. He held the position for three non-consecutive terms with a total of over 21 years in office and emerged as the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Canada. He remained instrumental in laying the foundations of the Canadian welfare state.

 4 Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: January 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough, Canada

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.

 5 Andrew Scheer

Andrew Scheer.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Andrew Scheer is a Canadian politician who served as leader of the Official Opposition from 2017 until 2020. At the young age of 32, he became the speaker of the House of Commons and held this role for the entirety of the 41st Canadian Parliament. He is considered pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. He is a firearm owner and hunter. 

 6 Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland.
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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
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. 

 7 Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney
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Famous As: Politician, Prime Minister
Birthdate: March 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baie-Comeau

Brian Mulroney is a Canadian politician who served as the 18th prime minister of Canada. He was in office from September 1984 to June 1993. He is a lawyer by qualification. As the prime minister, he implemented major economic reforms and championed immigration. His tenure also saw the addition of significant new national parks. 

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 8 Jean Chrétien

Jean Chrétien.
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
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.

 9 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Alberni

Canadian politician and Progressive Conservative leader Kim Campbell made headlines when she became the first woman to serve as the prime minister of Canada and remains the only woman to have achieved the feat. After quitting her doctoral studies, she studied law and joined the British Columbia Bar.

 10 Louis Riel

Louis Riel.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red River Colony, Rupert's Land, British North America
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.

 11 Tommy Douglas

Tommy Douglas.
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Famous As: Former Canadian Politician & Baptist Minister
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Falkirk
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.

 12 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 13 Joe Clark

Joe Clark.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: High River, Canada

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. 

 14 Doug Ford

Doug Ford.
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Famous As: Businessman, Politician
Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
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 Lester B. Pearson

Lester B. Pearson.
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Famous As: 14th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: April 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtonbrook, Toronto, Canada
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.

 16 Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakville

 17 Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada

 18 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
Birthplace: Valleyview, Alberta, Canada

 19 Erin O'Toole

Erin O'Toole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 20 Rob Ford

Rob Ford.
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Famous As: Former Mayor of Toronto
Birthdate: May 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
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.

 21 John Tory

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

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. 

 22 Paul Hellyer

Paul Hellyer
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Famous As: Politician, Ufologist, Writer
Birthdate: August 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, Ontario

 23 David Johnston

David Johnston
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Famous As: Diplomat, Academic, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greater Sudbury

David Johnston is a Canadian academic, author, and politician. He served as the governor-general of Canada from 2010 to 2017. He attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Queen's University and pursued an academic career. Alongside his academic career, he also involved himself with politics and public service. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

 24 Elizabeth May

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

 25 Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay.
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Famous As: Former Canadian Member of Parliament
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

 26 John Turner

John Turner.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England
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.

 27 Jack Layton

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

Canadian politician John Layton was Member of the Canadian Parliament for Toronto—Danforth from 2004 till his death in 2011. He served as Leader of the New Democratic Party from January 2003 till his death and led the party to garner increased support in each election, in particular during the 2011 election following which Layton became Leader of the Opposition.   

 28 Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amherstburg, Canada
Died: September 23, 1919

Canadian-American frontiersman, hardware store owner, sheriff, U.S. Marshal, horse breeder and hotel owner Seth Bullock is best known for building the Bullock Hotel, the oldest hotel in Deadwood. Bullock was appointed the first sheriff of the then lawless Dakota where he eventually emerged as a prominent figure civilizing the rowdy camp without killing anyone.

 29 Christy Clark

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

 30 Paul Martin

Paul Martin
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Windsor

 31 Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: May 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 32 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
Birthplace: Toronto

Distinguished Canadian author, academic and former politician Michael Ignatieff, who was named a Member of the Order of Canada, presently serves as rector and President of Central European University. Ignatieff made his mark in politics as Member of the Canadian Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition.

 33 Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Kathleen Wynne is a Canadian politician who took office as the 25th premier of Ontario in February 2013 and served for a term of five years. She is the first female premier of Ontario. During her tenure, she implemented reforms to increase the minimum wages and bring down the unemployment rate. She is openly lesbian. 

 34 Robert Borden

Robert Borden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 26, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Pré, Canada
Died: June 10, 1937

Robert Borden was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He served as the eighth prime minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920. World War I started during his tenure, and he received much admiration for his leadership throughout the war. As the prime minister, he introduced women's suffrage for federal elections. 

 35 William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1795
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: August 28, 1861

 36 John Abbott

John Abbott
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 12, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-André-d'Argenteuil
Died: October 30, 1893

 37 Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson
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Famous As: 26th Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 38 Bob Rae

Bob Rae
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa

 39 John Diefenbaker

John Diefenbaker.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: September 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neustadt, Canada
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.

 40 Belinda Stronach

Belinda Stronach
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Famous As: Politician, Businesswoman, Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newmarket

 41 Agnes Macphail

Agnes Macphail.
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Famous As: Canadian Politician
Birthdate: March 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Proton Township, Grey County, Ontario
Died: February 13, 1954

 42 Stéphane Dion

Stéphane Dion
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Famous As: Politician, Sociologist, Academic, Writer, Professor
Birthdate: September 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City

Canadian diplomat, political-scientist and retired politician Stéphane Dion is the Canadian Ambassador to Germany and special envoy to the EU. He was a Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent for over two decades, and held several ministries. He also held office as Leader of Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition in House of Commons.

 43 Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Politician, Human rights activist, Feminist
Birthdate: October 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatsworth, Ontario
Died: September 1, 1951

Canadian author and social reformer Nellie McClung had struck gold with her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, a bestseller. She also spoke widely about woman suffrage and was part of the Alberta legislature. She was part of The Famous Five, a group of women who launched the Persons Case.

 44 Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion
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Famous As: Ice hockey player, Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quebec

 45 Brad Wall

Brad Wall
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Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swift Current

 46 Thomas Mulcair

Thomas Mulcair
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Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa

 47 René Lévesque

René Lévesque
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Campbellton, Canada
Died: November 1, 1987

 48 Mike Harris

Mike Harris
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 49 Ezra Levant

Ezra Levant
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Famous As: lawyer
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary

 50 Maurice Duplessis

Maurice Duplessis
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: September 7, 1959