Lester B. Pearson


Early Years

Lester Bowles Pearson was born on April 23rd, 1897 in Newtonbrook. Son of Edwin and Annie Pearson, his father was a Methodist Minister. He graduated from Hamilton Collegiate Institute in 1913 and shortly after attended Victoria College which is a part of the University of Toronto. During his time there he became noted athlete, excelling in Rugby Union, Basketball, Hockey, winning a Spengler Cup in 1923, also Baseball, Lacrosse as a youth and Golf and Tennis as an adult. Lester was quite a good baseball player playing Semi-pro for the Guelph Maple Leafs. Also an NHL award for most outstanding player was formely named after him until 2010 when it was changed to the Ted Lindsay award. Lester passed away on December 27th, 1972.

Time as Priminister

Pearson was started his time in office on April 22nd, 1963 as the 14th Priminister of Canada. Lester was the head of two back-to-back minoreity governments following eledctions in 1963 and 1965. His government introduced Universal Health Care, Student Loans, the Canada Pension Plan, the Order of Canada and the current Canadian flag. Some of the most noticible things Pearson did as Prime Minister was declining the request of America to send there troops into Vietnam, signing the Canadian - United States Automotive Agreement in January 1965, making Canada's unemployment rate fall to its lowest in decades, and also he really opened up equality for women in Canada by signing the Royal Commissions.

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