It's time to kick off the Liberal Conference round-robin matchups for our Great Canadian Prime Minister playoffs.
On Monday we launched the Conservative Conference round-robin and after more than 7,000 votes were tabulated we had four Conservative Conference prime ministers left standing - Sir John A. Macdonald, Arthur Meighan, Stephen Harper and John Diefenbaker.
Just to recap - with the Liberal Party leadership race heating up, and no end in sight with the NHL lockout, QMI Agency is having some fun with our own version of the playoffs - but with prime ministers - and examining what qualities make a great head honcho.
In a series of polls over the next few weeks you'll be able to select the best of our 22 prime ministers. We've divided up the prime ministers into two big conferences of 'Conservative' and 'Liberal' leaders.
After the round robin concludes we'll move to the quarterfinal and then semifinal stages matching the top Conservative Conference winner against the top Liberal Conference winner.
Check back often to see how 'your' PM picks do and make sure to vote in each round as new matchups are created.
Each poll is preceded by some information on each prime minister and you can browse them all for more information in the gallery above.
May the best prime minister - chosen by you - win!
Liberal Conference round-robin:
Sir Wilfred Laurier vs Lester B. Pearson
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the first French-Canadian prime minister and managed to reach a compromise for the Manitoba schools question. He also created the Royal Canadian Navy and pursued reciprocity with the United States. Lester B. Pearson introduced Canadian universal healthcare, the Canada Pension Plan, Canada student loans and created a new Canadian flag. He also signed the Auto Pact with the United States and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his role in the Suez crisis.
Louis St. Laurent vs William Lyon Mackenzie King
Louis St. Laurent was Canada's twelfth prime minister and oversaw Newfoundland joining Confederation, Canada's entrance into NATO, the creation of the United Nations Emergency Force; introduced equalization payments for the provinces along with creation of the Trans-Canada Highway, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Trans-Canada Pipeline. William Lyon Mackenzie King was the longest serving Canadian prime minister over six elections at 21 years, 154 days and under him Canada first asserted diplomatic independence from Great Britain (Chanak Crisis), introduced old age pensions; nationalized the Bank of Canada and passed the Unemployment Insurance Act.
Alexander Mackenzie vs Jean Chretien
Alexander Mackenzie was the first Liberal prime minister and created the Supreme Court of Canada, established of the Royal Military College of Canada and created the office of the Auditor General. Jean Chretien held the 1995 Referendum which narrowly saw Quebec separatists lose, created the Clarity Act which outlined conditions a province must meet if it wanted to leave the federation; created the Nunavut Territory, signed the Kyoto environmental agreement and passed the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Pierre Trudeau vs John Turner vs Paul Martin
Pierre Trudeau held the 1980 Quebec Referendum, patriated the Canadian Constitution; introduced the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canada Health Act. John Turner was one of only three former Canadian prime ministers to never sit in parliament and was not responsible for any legislation. Paul Martin brought forth the Civil Marriage Act which legalized same-sex marriage and the Kelowna Accord which aimed to improve conditions for Aboriginal peoples but which was later rejected by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.