A few people have written, asking me to explain what I meant when I said we've only had three great PMs.
So, here's my take on our PMs.
Stephen Harper: Too soon to say. Hampered by weak cabinet.
Paul Martin: Tool.
Jean Chretien: Fool. Possibly the most corrupt in Canadian history.
Kim Campbell: Too brief a term to rate.
Brian Mulroney: Disaster, possibly corrupt.
John Turner: Too brief a term to rate.
Pierre Trudeau: Disaster. Lacked focus, staying power on most issues, especially economic.
Lester Pearson: Brilliant diplomat, disaster as PM. Could have been worse with majority.
John Diefenbaker: Insane.
Louis St. Laurent: No friend of civil liberties. Competent, no better.
WLM King: Brilliant, careful, utterly successful as a PM.
R.B. Bennett: Cursed by God. Did better than could be expected, considering he was elected at the beginning of the Depression.
-- PMs who served before the Statute of Westminster of 1931 are harder to rate because they had limited powers, especially in foreign affairs. --
Arthur Meighen: Played way out of his league. Was in Senate by the time he was ready to be PM.
Robert Borden: Capable, very solid, unimaginative and not bold when boldness could have saved lives.
Wilfrid Laurier: Possibly at least slightly corrupt. Adequate.No one remembers any Laurier achievements.
Charles Tupper: Too brief a term to rate.
John Thomson: Gifted lawyer, youthful prodigy. Very principled. Possible greatness, had he lived.
John Abbott: Caretaker, more concerned with simultaneous job as senator, Mayor of Montreal.
Mackenzie Bowell: Head of the Orange Lodge. Proto-fascist.
Sir John A. Macdonald: Corrupt, even, perhaps, more than was normal for the time. Played the Brits well, blew off the Americans. Still, did well with the limited powers he had.