Canada's Most Successful King

  • Published on Jan 22, 2018
  • This week's guest is Evan Hadfield, from Rare Earth. Go subscribe! -- start with his video on the last elephants of Cambodia:
    William Lyon Mackenzie King was a sexually repressed, hypocritical, guilt-ridden, prostitute-visiting momma's boy who was exceptionally weird. He was also, perhaps, Canada's greatest prime minister. This week, Evan talks about legacy, and about how you don't need to be a good person to be a good politician.

Comments • 792

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  11 months ago +793

    I've been wanting to collaborate on a video with Evan for a long while, and this is a great way to do it. Rare Earth tells a lot of stories that I just can't find the words for!

    • Magnus Juul
      Magnus Juul 9 months ago

      700th like :P

    • Chris Eveley
      Chris Eveley 10 months ago

      Thanks for the recommendation, his channel is awesome!

    • last name ford
      last name ford 10 months ago +1

      Tom Scott OK

    • Germar Puttich
      Germar Puttich 10 months ago

      This is like crossover episodes of my favourite cartoons when I was a child, but more mature and even better because your content fuels our individual progress. Awesome! :)

    • Nuke Squad
      Nuke Squad 10 months ago

      Nuclear Effect best video

  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump Month ago

    So hes the Canadian Trump.. only smarter and a bit more weird... hmm

  • Rocktoberfest
    Rocktoberfest Month ago

    I love rare earth.

  • Apple Islander
    Apple Islander 2 months ago

    Hurrah for Monarchy! Glory to the Empire! God Save the Queen! And Evan's Trousers are Incredibly Distracting!

  • Ion B
    Ion B 2 months ago

    This I the hidden episode

  • Voice Muted
    Voice Muted 2 months ago

    Will McKenzie? No, Will MacKenzie.

  • TheGameGuy
    TheGameGuy 2 months ago

    I KNEW the person in the thumbnail looked familiar!

  • Charlie Bunker
    Charlie Bunker 3 months ago

    Chris Hadfield’s sons

  • Terncote
    Terncote 3 months ago

    Mattress? Burger? Koffee? Liquor?

  • ChrisD4335
    ChrisD4335 5 months ago

    i weird no one likes me and i will die alone, this dose not mean I am a bad person.

  • Mateus Figueiredo
    Mateus Figueiredo 6 months ago

    sorry but this was a boring unconvincing video. i always learn something from your videos. this time the only thing i learned was that some weird guy with weird canada pants likes this weird whats-his-name politician.

  • Galaxis
    Galaxis 6 months ago

    Well, that was a little weird. And strangely inspiring.

  • wrabyapta
    wrabyapta 7 months ago

    Rule Britannia!

  • Boonswangle B. Goodtimes

    Tremendous!! Evan is a storytelling hero

  • Fiorello
    Fiorello 7 months ago

    Drama kween

  • N Albertsson
    N Albertsson 7 months ago

    What's wrong with using prostitutes?
    If I was rich, I'd spend every waking moment on hookers and drugs!

  • Joe Blow
    Joe Blow 7 months ago

    This is so riddled with historical misinterpretations and broad generalizations that I cannot begin to describe. Your history is wrong

  • Curtis Holmes
    Curtis Holmes 7 months ago

    Canada’s most successful king is Drake

  • MrLolmaster101
    MrLolmaster101 8 months ago

    he seems like canada's lyndon b johnson

  • jayteegamble
    jayteegamble 8 months ago

    How does being a weirdo make him "a bad person"? I'm asking on behalf of the weirdos.

  • easy
    easy 8 months ago

    Sounded like he said he does not remember fondling!

  • J. Laffety
    J. Laffety 8 months ago

    Thought it was bunty :(

  • Akeem RW Ross
    Akeem RW Ross 8 months ago +1

    Pleease holla at me .

  • Fox Mulder
    Fox Mulder 9 months ago

    Didn't Canada fight in WW2?

  • oyonggo fomocci
    oyonggo fomocci 9 months ago +1

    War, Economy, and *Q U E B E C*

  • Sir Humphrey Appleby
    Sir Humphrey Appleby 9 months ago

    ungrateful colonial

  • Mikosch2
    Mikosch2 9 months ago

    Speaking of the occult, I see you're wearing pants full with pentagrams :)

  • moonjunes
    moonjunes 9 months ago

    ??? where’s Drake

  • uruiamnot
    uruiamnot 9 months ago

    *I. Hate. Canada.*

  • YourTypicalMental
    YourTypicalMental 9 months ago

    That's the weird thing about Canadian Political history. We don't have a history of celebrated heroes or grand Orators or even back channel manipulators that become Prime Minister, in a way the Westminster system doesn't promote that sort of thing. Instead many of our best PM's have been effective administers and compromisers. Career politicians that had spent decades working their way up in the political system, developing skills and policies to manage such as massive and diverse Country like Canada but having the flexibility to meet others in the middle. As a Canadian I think this is what I admire most in a Canadian politics.

  • Username
    Username 9 months ago

    1,2,3,4 Canada deserves more, money!

  • Ilana Signal
    Ilana Signal 9 months ago

    I am such a fan of the title. Love Evan...not in love with the pants

  • scyle
    scyle 9 months ago

    tell that to those liberals

  • 9 months ago +2

    No person rules alone, there were sure other people who build Canada.

    • pixlplague
      pixlplague 9 months ago

      Tons. McDonald, Cartier, Laurier, Borden and then a ton more. McKenzie-King did a lot to keep the fledgling country together and give it an identity which was more than a mere agreement on paper. He took the idea of Canada and catapulted it in the modern world; before that, Canada was an after thought of a dying Empire, and was little more than a tacit vassal of bygone control. After King, regardless of his (many) bad decisions, the idea of Canada became the country of Canada. Not everyone agrees with it (Native, Quebecois, etc) but it's much more than it was before him.
      He's not the only one who built Canada, I'd venture at saying he isn't even one who did period. But he certainly polished it, made it better and mature, and very few - dare I say no - PMs after him got even close to what he did.

  • Jules Ortega
    Jules Ortega 9 months ago

    I love his pants.

  • Pixelated Roomba
    Pixelated Roomba 9 months ago

    Legacy.. What is a legacy

  • Obamacare Mishra
    Obamacare Mishra 9 months ago

    he was weird.

  • NPC 0491fb61h962m62964137bsdg794

    stroy from UK, Canada?! your ethicly required to do Ameirca, and Australlia and new zealand!

  • Diamond Stone
    Diamond Stone 9 months ago

    Now overall I agree with his points but ultimately he did some TERRIBLE things during his rule. The one that hits most home for me is the internment of Japanese Canadians. My grandparents were forced to leave their homes, all their possessions were taken away and sold without their consent, their families were separated, they were forced into homes without proper facilities and this is after generations of political segregation, to keep the Japanese Canadians working low class jobs and living in slums. Prime minister king did great things but he also did some awful things as well.

  • Teacher Dude
    Teacher Dude 9 months ago

    There is a Mackenzie King St in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city.

  • Pierre-Luc Gagné
    Pierre-Luc Gagné 9 months ago

    This video completely gets the WHOLE point about King wrong. We consider King a weirdo EXACTLY because when he died, he had no legacy. No wife or children, or a loving family to protect him after his death. His dying wish of having his personal journals destroyed were not respected by his extended family sore at King for having given Mackenzie Estate to the government, and so his journals were published and people were able to read stuff King did not want known. Thus the public idea that King was a weirdo was born because they were able to read his very private and personal journal. So the whole POINT of this video goes about King completely backwards. Unfortunate.

    • Rare Earth
      Rare Earth 9 months ago

      His legacy isn't in what people know about him, it is what he did to the nation. I don't use the word to mean how the public remembers him, but how the country changed due to his influence. That's the main point of the video, masked in the idea of his strangeness.
      Whether anyone found his journals or not, he left a *massive* legacy on Canadian politics and identity. The rest is just tabloid fun that gets a person to pay attention.

  • Steven Utter
    Steven Utter 10 months ago


  • Mrwebbob
    Mrwebbob 10 months ago

    Thank you , i enjoyed that

  • Charmaine Eng
    Charmaine Eng 10 months ago


  • Declan Gallagher
    Declan Gallagher 10 months ago

    Bonus Rare Earth episode? Heck yes!

  • Zachary Roy
    Zachary Roy 10 months ago

    Great cinematography here.

  • j00st00s
    j00st00s 10 months ago +1

    Like Harvey Weinstein, not a great guy, but makes great films

  • Droobilicious
    Droobilicious 10 months ago

    Dat shot doe

  • Angry Canuck
    Angry Canuck 10 months ago

    Asians haven’t integrated into Canada.

  • Oisin Smith
    Oisin Smith 10 months ago +1

    this guy is the most Canadian guy ever

  • Bethany McMullen
    Bethany McMullen 10 months ago

    Yo, I've played his piano. Which sounds weird, but we went to his house for a school trip because he was born nearby and my brother went to the same high school as him, and basically I was 7, and played his piano (they do not allow kids to do this anymore, as far as I know)

  • ZipplyZane
    ZipplyZane 10 months ago

    Though the concept of bait indicates you aren't getting what it looks like, just like the fish isn't really getting a tasty snack.

  • Jonathan Williams
    Jonathan Williams 10 months ago

    That opening description might describe Trudeau too

  • andy hasi
    andy hasi 10 months ago

    trudo has no legacy

  • Snowball Effect
    Snowball Effect 10 months ago

    I love rare earth. Always fun to see two channels u like get in touch and collaborate

  • kairon156
    kairon156 10 months ago

    This is awesome. As a Canadian I don't learn nearly enough about my countries own history.

  • Kyle Netherwood
    Kyle Netherwood 10 months ago

    Woah, woah, woah. The camps in South Africa were brutal for everyone, including the British, because the Zulu attacked supply lines. No one was forced in and a lot of British soldiers died of starvation too. Don't compare the Bohr War to the Holocaust, because they are entirely different circumstances.

  • Huntracony
    Huntracony 10 months ago

    i am a heron. i haev a long neck and i pick fish out of the water w/ my beak. if you dont repost this comment on 10 other pages i will fly into your kitchen tonight and make a mess of your pots and pans

  • Gatinois
    Gatinois 10 months ago

    I'm from Gatineau and his domain is gorgeous.

  • Gummb0
    Gummb0 10 months ago

    Still 1,000,000 times better than Justin Trudeau

  • Aaron Wade
    Aaron Wade 10 months ago

    Rare Earth is excellent, if anyone is wondering.

  • Mat Broomfield
    Mat Broomfield 10 months ago

    How's that alliance working out for ya Canada?

  • GRBTutorials
    GRBTutorials 10 months ago

    "You don't make much money and you don't have much power" That isn't true here in Spain. Here, politicians, especially the president, nowadays an idiot who makes absurd and idiotic laws for his own personal benefit (like the TAXES for putting solar energy connected to the grid since this way he'll become the "Energy Counsellor" of an enterprise of the electrical oligopoly, which means getting a very big salary, thousands of euros per month , for "the services he gave to the company", aka doing absolutely nothing), have more power than theoretically, since the Senate is more like the Sleep-ate and doesn't really have any power, and the rest of politicians are either in his favour or don't have majority. And the salary is huge: about 80 000 € per year for the president, but almost 200 000 € per year as the maximum. That's about 16 500 € per month.

  • Arda Bulut
    Arda Bulut 10 months ago

    voted for the shorty awards

  • GameSnippets_Jimmy
    GameSnippets_Jimmy 10 months ago

    I highly recommend Rare Earth, Evan is a great storyteller and there's some really cool stories on that channel

  • Benjamin Nolan
    Benjamin Nolan 10 months ago

    I greatly approve of these most Canadian of trousers. Douze points!

  • Tide
    Tide 10 months ago

    "A dentist with bad pay," you say. How funny would it be when I say, "a dentist with bad breath".

  • Jacob Roseberry
    Jacob Roseberry 10 months ago

    Guy sounds a lot like Trump

  • ony13020
    ony13020 10 months ago +1

    wow I've been following rare earth for a while now but i didn't realise the guy was canadian until now. it's really cool to see him on your channel ^-^

  • fathead adolf barry
    fathead adolf barry 10 months ago

    oi weedling were going extinct....but yeah really pink wow nice..

  • Dan
    Dan 10 months ago

    I'm not sure if I'm fully grasping the point this guy's trying to make, but it reminds me of a sentiment I have towards most professions.
    It doesn't matter much how flawed a person is in their personal life, as long as they can do their job well without that interfering.
    When I read a book, or watch a movie, I don't care about the people who made it. Following the personal lives of celebrities is pointless. If we went through life getting hung up on the imperfections of everybody involved in the production of the things we use and consume, we'd never get anywhere.
    On the other side of the coin, even good people are imperfect. People can do incredible things, but it's those things that they do that we should idolize, not the people themselves. I should like to think people admire and appreciate some of the things I do and create, but I wish they wouldn't put me on a pedestal for it. I'm only human. When I'm gone, it will only matter what impact I had on the world. Not what kind of person I was.

  • Lord LunaEquie is me
    Lord LunaEquie is me 10 months ago

    Oh, hey, someone I already know! Cool! I have been loving Rare Earth, especially as someone with an odd fascination with Japanese culture.
    I'm not sure why, but the line "constantly replacing dead dogs named Pat with live dogs named Pat" really got me to laughing.

  • John Smith
    John Smith 10 months ago

    Does Canadians enjoy being soft?

  • Reavenk
    Reavenk 10 months ago

    I only recently started getting into Rare Earth, about the time you started this round of guest videos; actually, from one of your guest videos it was a recommended video. That's TVclip's crystal ball for ya.

  • daZappityZouSu
    daZappityZouSu 10 months ago +2

    Wow what deep analysis... He was weird

  • John von Shepard
    John von Shepard 10 months ago

    Ugly pant.

  • Raymond K Petry
    Raymond K Petry 10 months ago

    ...if we compare 'weird-acting' politicians to sheepdogs running around the fringe and yapping keeping the sheep together, and wolves away, then 'yeah' there's a 'legacy' of smarter shepherding to be had-maybe Trump will give his too 'said the Zen master'...

  • André Pereira
    André Pereira 10 months ago +19

    Too much personal judgment and few facts. Meh.

  • Harry Todhunter
    Harry Todhunter 10 months ago

    When will citation needed return?

  • Roger Barnes
    Roger Barnes 10 months ago +8

    The Concentration Camps of the Boer War had nothing in common with those of Nazi Germany, other than the name. This is a lazy parallel, Evan. The USA rounded up American Indians and put them in camps a couple of generations before, but because they did not call them "concentration camps" the parallel is never made. In fact it was closer - as both were an attempt to eradicate a culture.

    • Syaoran Barker
      Syaoran Barker 7 months ago +2

      I know I'm late to this, but I just found the video now and I felt the same as Roger. I'm glad to see that you are open to the criticism and admit to the implication as being able to be taken differently than you'd intended. Going forward, however, you may find it valuable to think twice about such "lazy notes" when it comes to such sensitive topics as concentration camps. The Boer War camps were controversial at the time, remain so today, and lazy internet historians do not make it simple to gain a full understanding of them. Couple this with concentration camps being most infamously associated with Nazi Germany, who used such camps for very different purposes, and a blithe statement that "Concentration camps were invented [in the Boer Wars]" very quickly leads to extremely problematic assumptions which have the distinct possibility of being reinforced in the medium of the internet which very often can lack any sense of nuance. You may not have intended to make such a parallel, but the comparison is almost inevitable when the statement is merely a "little lazy note."

    • Rare Earth
      Rare Earth 10 months ago +1

      I appreciate you saying that. It wasn't a great video from my perspective for back-end reasons, but I'm definitely happy to have it out regardless.
      I do want to clarify that the implication from my end wasn't intended that way. It is meant as a challenge idea for the viewer. The term concentration camp came out of the Boer war - a war which most people don't know about and which points further at my notion of Canada as being a people dragged into British actions. It stuck with many viewers who then asked for more info, which was my goal. My intent, as with all my other videos, is to provide provoking moments that send people to Google. As I mentioned, we aren't intending to be an explainer series. My videos are rarely if ever actually meant to teach history. I think this is clearer in many of my other videos, but less so as a Tom Scott guest post (specifically this one with its troubles).
      It isn't that I disagree with you. It is lazily done. I had no intention on following up or explaining further. Most of our videos come with little lazy notes meant to provoke a search for more info. It might not be for everyone, which is fine. I totally understand. It's just my style.

    • Roger Barnes
      Roger Barnes 10 months ago +3

      Rare Earth The implication of the caption was clear. And lazy history. I am saddened you can’t admit this. Otherwise your video was excellent.

    • Rare Earth
      Rare Earth 10 months ago +1

      Roger Barnes I didn't make the parallel. I made a comment meant to inspire people to google and figure out the middle, as I always make note of in the credits. That's my general style. We aren't an explainer series. Our intent is different.

  • Bradley Hite
    Bradley Hite 10 months ago

    Trump 2020

  • Aldo Raine
    Aldo Raine 10 months ago

    there are so many faults that can pop up in this logic.

  • Caleb Hubbell
    Caleb Hubbell 10 months ago +3

    "He was weird, nobody liked him and he died alone"
    Yeah, same...

  • Mortiis558
    Mortiis558 10 months ago

    I take GREAT offense at the word “weirdo” being used as a pejorative.

  • Emile van der Merwe
    Emile van der Merwe 10 months ago

    You shouldn’t think what can I get when you think about becoming a politician, you should think what can give. If it isn’t worth the sacrifice for you, then thats ok, just try to not vote for people who are there for themselves(although that will be very hard).

  • Blue XlX
    Blue XlX 10 months ago

    Tom is dead too :(?

  • carstorm85
    carstorm85 10 months ago +2

    Very different style but still just as good and interesting!

  • 49metal
    49metal 10 months ago +1

    An overproduced exercise in evasive shallow.

  • Hsfh Fejtpo
    Hsfh Fejtpo 10 months ago

    tom has trouble telling stories about people because they're BORING!!! back to interesting engineering, crazy borders, and other such technical things please!! good try though, story about a person guy..!!

  • Quartz
    Quartz 10 months ago

    I am from 2066. Sad to inform yall he dies in a year

  • Joe Adkin
    Joe Adkin 10 months ago +1

    You should do a video on the weird acoustics at the Chechen itza

  • Daniel Dogeanu
    Daniel Dogeanu 10 months ago

    When you consider that most politicians are psychopaths or sociopaths, this guy was no weirdo at all. He was just committed to not destroy himself and the entire country in the process, like Trump does.

  • Eilidh XXx
    Eilidh XXx 10 months ago

    Legacy what is a legacy . It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see

  • Ivan Rubalcava
    Ivan Rubalcava 10 months ago


  • Nigel Tabb
    Nigel Tabb 10 months ago

    I've finally sussed who you remind me of!
    John Linnell from They Might Be Giants!
    Congratulations mate! :-)
    But put A Little Bird House In Your Soul anyway eh?

  • Ryan Massie
    Ryan Massie 10 months ago

    Nice pants

  • Rebecca Putman
    Rebecca Putman 10 months ago

    For those of you who've never seen Rare Earth before, pause the video at the end credits, blow 'em up big, and read 'em. Informative and entertaining. You're welcome. :)

  • hurlebibi
    hurlebibi 10 months ago

    tom scott & rare earth, best combinaison ever

  • Becky Sand
    Becky Sand 10 months ago +9

    'Britain asked us to give everything for her, for a war that meant nothing' .....bit of an odd thing to say isn't it?, then randomly throwing in that britain 'invented' 'concentration' camps in the boar war (not the same things as the later kind). interesting video about the guy, but what weird things to say and point out.

    • Ryan Sheardown
      Ryan Sheardown 5 months ago

      Rataplan Authoritarianism is quite similar to fascism in terms of the balance of power, and Britain joined ww1 in defence of Belgium and from tensions between ideologies, as well as to stop Germany from potentially gaining control over mainland Europe and Russia.

    • Rataplan
      Rataplan 10 months ago

      @fustigate314159: WWII was about fascists. WWI, discussed here, had a completely different background. But I do agree with Becky that it all seems a bit biased.

    • fustigate314159
      fustigate314159 10 months ago +3

      Yeah... "for a war that meant nothing." Guess he's cool with fascists running around. A "not in my backyard" mindset.

  • Chris Greenbag
    Chris Greenbag 10 months ago

    so being wierd and a loner makes me "not a good person"