Trudeau still No. 1 after 40 years
At the opposite end, new poll says 22% of us think Harper is worst leader in four decades
May 23, 2009
OTTAWA – Pierre Trudeau is considered far and away the best prime minister Canada has seen in the past four decades.
Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians accord him that honour, according to a new Toronto Star/Angus Reid Strategies online survey.
Trudeau has maintained the upper hand on this question since 2007.
Coming in a distant second is Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at 11 per cent.
Jean Chrétien is third at 9 per cent and Brian Mulroney is next at 8 per cent.
Mulroney's ranking has slipped from 12 per cent two years ago. The poll of 1,004 adult Canadians was conducted on May 19 and 20, just as Mulroney was finishing up six days of being questioned at a public inquiry about his controversial dealings with businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.
Pierre Trudeau: 39%
Stephen Harper: 11%
Jean Chrétien: 9%
Brian Mulroney: 8%
Stephen Harper: 22%
Brian Mulroney: 19%
Jean Chrétien: 12%
Pierre Trudeau: 10%
Source: Angus Reid Strategies