Being Prime Minister

Overview

Behind the politics, discover the lives of Canada's leaders.

“What a life it is to be prime minister!” — John Diefenbaker

Canada has had twenty-three prime ministers, all with views and policies that have differed as widely as the ages in which they lived. But what were they like as people? Being Prime Minister takes you behind the scenes to tell the story of Canada’s leaders and the job they do as it has never been told before.

From John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau, readers get a glimpse of the prime ministers as they travelled, dealt with invasions of privacy, met with celebrities, and managed the stress of the nation’s top job. Humorous and hard working, vain and vulnerable, Canada leaders are revealed as they truly were.

Awards

Commended
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Spring 2018 Pick
2018

Reviews

Bursts with details and anecdotes on the daily lives of the very human men and woman who have led us. A trove of trivia treasures.

John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail journalist and author of Stephen Harper

A fun and fascinating book that reminds us that prime ministers are human; each with unique strengths, quirks, and foibles. Well researched, crisply written, and refreshingly non-partisan, it is immensely enjoyable, gossipy, heartwarming.

John Boyko, author of Cold Fire

Each of the remarkable people who have occupied Canada’s highest office are brought vividly to life on the pages of this immensely readable book. A super fun and worthwhile read.

Senator Linda Frum

With lively anecdotes and thoughtful insights, Stewart reminds us that there are human beings behind the headlines. This absorbing and original book explores aspects of political life that are too often ignored.

Charlotte Gray, author of The Promise of Canada

A valuable and insightful look at the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of the people who have held the highest office in the land. A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of what it takes to lead our country.

Don Newman, retired senior parliamentary editor for CBC Television

About the Author

J.D.M. Stewart

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J.D.M. Stewart

J.D.M. Stewart is a Canadian history teacher at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. His writing has appeared in newspapers across Canada for more than twenty-five years. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to history in Canada. He lives in Toronto.