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Sir John A. Macdonald and William Lyon Mackenzie King—30 years separated their terms as prime minister, but the argument over which was Canadas greatest leader continues to this day. Was it Macdonald, whose vision and single-mindedness gave birth to the nation, but whose weakness for alcohol and bribe-taking taint his image to this day? Or was it King, the man who would hold together the nation through war, but who is often remembered for communing with spirits and prostitutes?In search of an answer, Macleans invited historian Allan Levine, author of King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny, and journalist Richard Gwyn, who penned a biography of Macdonald, Nation Maker, to debate which man deserves the title of Canadas greatest prime minister. The two historians sparred over each mans legacy, delving into their respective victories, faults and the intangible qualities needed to be considered a great leader.

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