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Monday, October 13, 2008

How good were the Liberals the last time they governed?

How good were the Liberals the last time they governed?

The IRPP (Institute for Research on Public Policy) considered this question when they ranked the best prime ministers of the last 50 years (see study here).

Brian Mulroney was the clear second choice after Lester Pearson, who was the winner.

Pierre Trudeau ranked third—behind Brian Mulroney—receiving high marks for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “but low scores for his mismanagement of the economy and the fiscal framework during an era that saw Canada’s federal debt increase by more than 1,000 per cent.”

Jean Chrétien finished fifth overall, though he did receive high marks for balancing the budget.

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