Political figures

Many political figures, from Ottawa’s Mayors to Canadian Prime Ministers and Governors General, had a profound impact on the city and the entire country. Many of their decisions directly influenced the development of the national capital and shaped Canadian history.

Prime Minister St. Laurent leaving on world tour standing with Charlotte Whitton.

Title/Description: Prime Minister St. Laurent leaving on world tour standing with Charlotte Whitton. Louis St. Laurent was Prime Minister from 1948 to 1957. He remained the Liberal Leader until 1958.
Photographer: Unknown.
Date: February 4, 1954.
Credit: Andrews-Newton Photographers Fond / City of Ottawa Archives / MG393-AN-NP-029900-002, MG393-CA-003072-002.
Copyright: City of Ottawa Archives.

Mayors of Ottawa

  • J. E. Stanley Lewis
  • Eddy A. Bourque
  • Grenville Goodwin
  • Charlotte Whitton
  • George Nelms

Prime Ministers

  • William Lyon Mackenzie King
  • Louis St. Laurent
  • John Diefenbaker

Governors General

  • The Viscount Alexander
  • The Right Honourable Vincent Massey
  • General The Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier