Being Prime Minister


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

Canada has had twenty-three prime ministers, whose views and policies have differed as widely as the ages in which they lived. Behind the scenes, between the speeches, who they were as people has been too easily forgotten. Being Prime Minister tells the stories of Canada’s leaders as it has never been told before.

Through the collected stories of the prime ministers’ lives while in office — most long forgotten — readers will see these twenty-two men and one woman in a new light. Humorous and hard working, vain and vulnerable, the prime ministers are revealed as they truly were when not sunk into briefing books. What animated them, how they worked, and the toll exacted by the stress of the nation’s top job.

About the Author

J.D.M. Stewart

Posted by Dundurn Guest on August 15, 2017

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.