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Right premier, wrong Cameron in think-tank’s ranking of Canadian premiers.

Vancouver-based think-tank Aha! Insights used a deck of cards to rank Canada's premiers. But it used a picture of author Silver Donald Cameron instead of former premier Donald Cameron in its deck.
Vancouver-based think-tank Aha! Insights used a deck of cards to rank Canada's premiers. But it used a picture of author Silver Donald Cameron instead of former premier Donald Cameron in its deck.

HALIFAX – A Vancouver-based think-tank’s ranks former Nova Scotia premier Donald Cameron 40th out of 80 premiers across the country.

The trouble is, they picked the wrong Donald Cameron when they created a playing card to illustrate their choice.

AHA! Insights used a picture of renowned Nova Scotia author and environmentalist Silver Donald Cameron in their list of best and worst premiers instead of Pictou County’s Donald Cameron, the province’s 22nd premier.

The author turned environmentalist said that although he’s never been premier, he speculates Nova Scotia would look much differently today had he entered politics and became the top politician in the province.

“It would look very different. We’d be looking an awful lot more at developing ourselves from within; we’d be looking at what we as Nova Scotians can do for ourselves, how we would develop our own industries; we’d be doing a lot less give-aways and we’d be taxing the people who can afford it and redistributing that to the people who can’t,” he said.

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The other Donald Cameron became premier after winning the Progressive Conservative leadership in 1991, following the resignation of Premier John Buchanan the year before.

The think-tank used a deck of cards to illustrate its ranking of Canadian premiers since 1981.

Silver Donald noted that the think-tank made him a five of clubs in their deck of premier playing cards.

“I see myself as an ace of diamonds,” he said.

AHA! has since called Silver Donald and apologized for the error.

Current premier Stephen McNeil was ranked 12th out of 80.

The man he succeeded as premier, Darrel Dexter was ranked 57th.

The think-tank picked former Ontario premier Mike Harris as number one, and gave him the ace of spades.

A few hours after the mistake was discovered, the image on the Donald Cameron card had been corrected.

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