Lester B. Pearson

Canada's Leader

Who is Lester Pearson?

There has never been a man in Canadian History that has made as huge of an impact on Canadian society as Lester Bowles “Mike” Pearson. Mike had an impact on Canada and the world through his years as a diplomat and Canadian Prime Minister.

What makes Lester a Leader?

The Suez Crisis

Pearson led Canada in gaining its identity as global peacemakers and possibly saved millions of lives by leading the world to the peaceful end of the Suez Crisis. In 1956, he proposed the United Nations Emergency Task Force.


During this period of time in history, there was a major conflict brewing in the Suez Crisis that could have resulted in WW3.


However Lester B Pearson would not let that happen. Pearson got to work, he spent weeks coming up with possible ideas to end the conflict. He came up with the UN task force. They would intervene in the fighting, supervise a ceasefire and get all sides to negotiate a peaceful conflict.

Pearson's work was not done yet, he then had to be a courageous leader and propose his plan to the UN and get a majority of countries to agree with it. Pearson was very successful, he gave a very heartfelt and inspiring speech. His plan was implemented and was successful in the resolution of the Suez crisis.


This task force also continues to exist today, and over the years, it has resolved many conflicts including the October war.

Pearson as Prime Minister

One of the greatest periods in Canadian History was during Pearson's Tenure as Prime Minister of Canada. He had a mission of making Canada one of the best countries in the world, and he did everything he could to make that happen.

Pearson’s tenure as Prime Minister from 1963-1968 saw huge chances in policies. His changes propelled Canada into a strong independent first world country. He introduced many bills and acts for the betterment of the Canadian people. Some of these included universal healthcare, The Canada Pension Plan, interest free student loans and financial assistance for the poor. (The Greatest Canadian: Lester B. Pearson)


All these social programs were ahead of their time. They improved the lives of

Canadians and made Canada an attractive country for immigrants. This improved Canada’s diversity as these social programs lead to immigration booms in the last 90’s.


Another one of his huge accomplishments for diversifying Canadian culture was when he introduced the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. This bought official Bilingualism into Canada. Pearson hoped that he would be the last unilingual prime minister.


Pearson accomplished all this in his 5 years as prime minister. The impact of his work as PM has a huge impact on the lives of the Canadian people today. He was a great leader for the Canada.

Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson, November 22, 1963
Pearson was a kind and calming voice for the Canadian people. He talked elegantly and his speeches are always heartfelt, as seen in his speech to the nation after President Kennedys Assasination.

Leadership Quality 1 - Appearances matter — and remember to smile

Weather he was walking down the street or the aisle on his way to a big speech, Lester Pearson always had a huge smile on his face. He had an optimistic view on issues and topics. He became a symbol for hope and prosperity during his time as Canadian Prime Minister and it showed in his work. He inspired people to be happy, and people listened and followed him because of this.
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Lead from the back — and let others belive they are in front

Pearson used this strategy very effectively when he was trying to get countries to agree to a resolution for the Suez Crisis. He listened to diplomats from all the countries and like Mandela, listened to their point of view and opinions, then guided them to his resolution. The result of this concluded in the successful resolution of the Suez Crisis.