Lester B. Pearson


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Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, (23 April 1897 – 27 December 1972) was a Canadian scholar, statesman, soldier and diplomat, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1957 for organizing the United Nations Emergency Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis . He was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada from 22 April 1963 to 20 April 1968, as the head of two back-to-back Liberal minority governments following elections in 1963 and 1965. During Pearson's time as Prime Minister, his Liberal minority governments introduced universal health care, student loans, the Canada Pension Plan, the Order of Canada, and the new Flag of Canada.

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  • World War I - Royal Flying Corps
  • President of the UN General Assembly
  • I propose a United Nations Emergency Force!
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • The Nobel Prize for Peace goes to... Lester B. Pearson!
  • After volunteering with the hospital unit for 2 years during World War I, Pearson was commissioned and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, but then sent home after sustaining injuries from two accidents.
  • 14th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Lester B. Pearson's greatest diplomatic achievement came in 1956, when he proposed a United Nations Emergency Force as means for easing the British and French out of Egypt during the Suez Crisis.
  • Universal Health Insurance System
  • FREE HEALTH CARE... sort of... it's publicly funded...
  • In 1957, Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the United Nations to resolve the Suez Crisis, which also lead him to becoming the Father of the United Nations Forces.
  • Canadian Maple Leaf Flag
  • We have finalized the new Canadian flag!
  • Six years later, when the Conservative government lost the confidence of the electorate, the Liberal Party was voted enough strength to establish a government with Lester B. Pearson as the 14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963 to 1968).
  • Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson introduced the publicly funded universal health insurance system. Under the terms of the Canada Health Act, all insured persons are entitled to receive insured services without co-payment.
  • Early in 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson informed the House of Commons that the government wished to adopt a distinctive national flag. The current Canadian flag design took effect on February 15, 1965.
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