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Lester Pearson: Most Canadian Photograph Ever?

Lester Pearson, 1957

As Canada celebrates 150 years, this photo was mentioned by a fan nominating it for “the most Canadian picture ever.” Lester Pearson is seen here at the House of Commons in 1957.

Pearson, standing in the foreground, was a Canadian scholar, statesman, soldier and diplomat, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for organizing the United Nations Emergency Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis. He was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968.

Roland Michener, who is in the chair, was Speaker of the House of Commons when the photograph was taken and later became the Governor General of Canada.

Lester Pearson was photographed on two separate occasions.

Roland Michener was photographed several times.