If you want to learn about politics in Canada, start by getting to know these ten famous politicians in Canada. The following politicians are currently, or have been, noteworthy,for various reasons in Canadian politics. Learn about these ten famous politicians below:
- Stephen Harper. Stephen Harper was elected to be Prime Minister of Canada in 2006. In Canada, being Prime Minister is about as important as being the President in the United States. Harper is a member of the Conservative Party and previously served in the House of Commons.
- Stéphane Dion. Dion was elected Leader of the Liberal Party in Canada in 1996. He was the the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons from 2006 to 2008. Dion is only the second Liberal leader who was unable to go into the Prime Minister position in Canadian history.
- Gilles Duceppe. Gilles Duceppe is a famous Canadian social democratic politician. He is a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. His father is a famous actor, Jean Duceppe.
- Jack Layton. Layton is a famous Canadian politician and Head of New Democrats party. He is a Canadian social democratic politician and has been the leader of the New Democratic Party since 2003. He is a former member of the Toronto City Council and acting deputy mayor of Toronto, Ontario.
- Michael Ignatieff. Michael Ignatieff is one of Canada's most famous politicians. He is also a prominent scholar on politics and a fiction writer. He is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. "Maclean's" named Ignatieff among the "Top 10 Canadian Who's Who." In 2003, he was named Canada's "Sexiest Cerebral Man."
- Peter Milliken. Mr. Milliken was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and was re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008
- Sheila Copps. Copps is most famous for being the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and served from 1993 to 1997. Copps was also the first-ever Minister of Canadian Heritage and served until 2003. Copps was a very ardent and outspoken supporter of the Liberal Party when she was in office. Once, Copps created a controversial program in which all Canadians could receive a free Maple Leaf Flag if they requested one in writing.
- John Crosbie. Crosbie was a famous Canadian politician and member of the Progressive Conservative Party. Crosbie held the position minister of justice (among others). He was more famous for his uncouth personality, particularly when he drunkenly told Shelia Copps, “hearing your shrill bitching reminds me of an old Newfoundland sea-chanty; pass the tequila Shelia, and lie down and love me again…”
- Peter MacKay. Mackay served as Foreign Minister of Canada. He was the last leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, but after being elected in 2003, he formed a controversial merger with the Alliance Party. McKay also had a very high profile break up with famous Canadian politician and businesswoman, Belinda Stronach.
- Belinda Stronach. Another famous Canadian politician and former member of the Conservative party, Belinda Stronach is also a successful CEO. In 2004, Stronach was elected as Conservative MP. Shortly after being elected, she changed sides and became a minister in the Liberal Party. After the switch, many people saw her as a traitor, and there was vast media coverage portraying her as a prostitute to the liberal party. Sidenote: Stronach was featured in Maxim as a top ten hottest politician in the world.