"If you would know the depth of meanness of human nature, you have got to be a Prime Minister running a general election." -- John A. Macdonald, 1891
In 1967, Pierre Trudeau urged Canadians to heed the philosopher Plato's warning "that men who want very badly to head the country shouldn't be trusted." The fact is, however, that a strong desire for power - and all that can be accomplished with it - is a requirement for anyone pursuing Canada's highest political office. Although there are many paths to the top, becoming prime minister is no easy matter. Most of our leaders have had to fight both party rivals and opposition parties to obtain and then retain the position.
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