With Thomas Mulcair's recent victory as the leader of the federal New Democratic Party, Canadians are being asked a political question they have not had to face in generations: Is it possible for a man with beard to be the prime minister of Canada?
Surprisingly, no PM since Mackenzie Bowell in 1894 has sported a beard. Even more surprisingly, some of this country's major news organizations have been treating the Mulcair-beard question as an actual story.
While we hope a politician's success would not be determined strictly by their choice of facial hair, if we're forced to have this discussion then we're lucky to have a resource like Online PhD, which has put together a helpful infographic analyzing the history, the meaning and legacy of the male beard:
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