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Address to Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier from the town of Lloydminister, Saskatchewan, August 8, 1910. Copyright/Source
Early prime ministers, especially Laurier and Macdonald, were revered by large portions of the public and often greeted as heroes. For most modern prime ministers, such adulation lasts for only a brief honeymoon period, usually after they are first elected. But scandals arise, mistakes are made, and unkept promises are pointed out by the media. Opinions change, and the prime minister is liable to be viewed as an inept villain.