CBC News Federal Election
# Main » Leaders & Parties » Leaders » A Family Affair » Maryon Pearson

Leaders

Maryon Pearson

Pearson and Maryon
Laster B. and Maryon Pearson at a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, 1957

© National Archives of Canada
 

Maryon Pearson had the unfortunate luck of being Canada's top political wife while Jackie Kennedy was revolutionizing the role of political wife in the U.S. Jackie seemed to be everything Maryon was not: young, pretty, stylish.

Maryon chafed at the restrictions of the position, in particular, the attention to her wardrobe and the requirement to entertain at home.

She was known for her acerbic wit, interpreted by some as a sharp, unforgiving tongue. Maryon met the press rarely, but when she did, she didn't hesitate to speak her mind, not always a good quality in a political spouse.

She is well-known for the quotation, "Behind every successful man is a surprised woman."

Maryon and Lester (Mike) Pearson had one daughter, Patricia, and one son, Geoffrey. Geoffrey became a diplomat in his own right. He was an adviser on arms control and disarmament, and Canada's Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1980 to 1983. He is past president of the United Nations Association of Canada. He is married to Senator Landon Pearson.


Click below for a look at some of the better-known family members of our most recent PMs:

# #

Interactives

Interactive: Photo Puzzle  All the king's horses and all the king's men... Click here to put the leaders back together again. more »

Interactive: Leaders Timeline  What were the party leaders up to in 1957? '67? '77? See our Interactive Timeline. more »

Interactive: Voters Turnout  Prime Ministers on Parade - leaders past and present. more »

Interactive: Leaders and Issues  See how the leaders compare on major issues. more »

Requires the use of the free Macromedia Flash Player

The PM's First Day

PMs First Day  Well, Prime Minister, you must be eager to roll up your sleeves and get to work. more »

A Family Affair

A Family Affair  They are expected to entertain, adapt, accompany, and above all, accessorize. more »

Going Gently… or not

Diefenbaker  There’s a definite skill in knowing when to leave. more »
#
             
   
Jobs | Contact Us | Permissions | Help | RSS | Advertise
Terms of Use | Privacy | Ombudsman | CBC: Get the Facts | Other Policies
Copyright © CBC 2015