Lester B. Pearson

Extraordinary Canadians

Lester B. Pearson

Regarded as one of the most influential Canadians of the 20th century, Lester B. Pearson was Canada’s fourteenth Prime Minister. Under his leadership, the government introduced universal health care, the Canada Pension Plan, student loans, the development of bilingual civil service and a new Canadian flag. Award winning journalist and author Andrew Cohen’s book “While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World” is an account of how Canada has slipped in its role as a strong diplomatic force in the world.