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Lester B. Pearson
(Canadian Politician)

Date of Birth:
April 23 1897

Date of Death:
December 27, 1972


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Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson PC OM CC OBE was a Canadian statesman, diplomat and politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. He was the fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada from April 22, 1963, until April 20, 1968, as the head of two back-to-back minority governments following elections in 1963 and 1965.

During his time as Prime Minister, Pearson's minority governments introduced universal health care, student loans, the Canada Pension Plan, the Order of Canada, and the current Canadian flag. During his tenure, Prime Minister Pearson also convened the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. With these accomplishments, together with his groundbreaking work at the United Nations, and in international diplomacy, Pearson can safely be regarded as one of the most influential Canadians of the twentieth century.

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