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 • 753

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  Year ago +815

    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 Year ago

      700th like :P

    • Chris Eveley
      Chris Eveley Year ago

      Thanks for the recommendation, his channel is awesome!

    • last name ford
      last name ford Year ago +1

      Tom Scott OK

    • Germar Puttich
      Germar Puttich Year 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! :)

    • Billy Corry
      Billy Corry Year ago

      Nuclear Effect best video

  • jacob Nussbaum
    jacob Nussbaum Month ago

    Wow that's some wet noise reduction

  • imgamerful
    imgamerful Month ago


  • Représente La nation
    Représente La nation 2 months ago

    It’s a canadian thing

  • JT h
    JT h 2 months ago

    Legacy. What is a legacy?

  • Miller Forester
    Miller Forester 2 months ago

    Wrong about one thing. The prime motivators for humans, in no particular order; are money, sex, and power. Politics can give you all three.

  • Citzen_J
    Citzen_J 4 months ago

    I know this won't be popular, but some Asians really don't assimilate very well. Ever been to China Town?

  • Frowlinian
    Frowlinian 6 months ago

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

  • Rocktoberfest
    Rocktoberfest 6 months ago

    I love rare earth.

  • Apple Islander
    Apple Islander 7 months ago

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

  • Ion B
    Ion B 7 months ago

    This I the hidden episode

  • Voice Muted
    Voice Muted 7 months ago

    Will McKenzie? No, Will MacKenzie.

  • TheGameGuy
    TheGameGuy 7 months ago

    I KNEW the person in the thumbnail looked familiar!

  • Terncote
    Terncote 8 months ago

    Mattress? Burger? Koffee? Liquor?

  • ChrisD4335
    ChrisD4335 10 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 11 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 11 months ago

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

  • wrabyapta
    wrabyapta Year ago

    Rule Britannia!

  • Boonswangle B. Goodtimes

    Tremendous!! Evan is a storytelling hero

  • Fiorello
    Fiorello Year ago

    Drama kween

  • N Albertsson
    N Albertsson Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

    Canada’s most successful king is Drake

  • MrLolmaster101
    MrLolmaster101 Year ago

    he seems like canada's lyndon b johnson

  • jayteegamble
    jayteegamble Year ago

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

  • Ambrose
    Ambrose Year ago

    Sounded like he said he does not remember fondling!

  • J. Laffety
    J. Laffety Year ago

    Thought it was bunty :(

  • Akeem RW Ross
    Akeem RW Ross Year ago +1

    Pleease holla at me .

  • Fox Mulder
    Fox Mulder Year ago

    Didn't Canada fight in WW2?

  • oyonggo fomocci
    oyonggo fomocci Year ago +1

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

  • Sir Humphrey Appleby

    ungrateful colonial

  • Mikosch2
    Mikosch2 Year ago

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

  • moonjunes
    moonjunes Year ago

    ??? where’s Drake

  • uruiamnot
    uruiamnot Year ago

    *I. Hate. Canada.*

  • YourTypicalMental

    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 Year ago

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

  • llama Machine
    llama Machine Year ago

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

  • scyle
    scyle Year ago

    tell that to those liberals

  • Year ago +2

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

    • pixlplague
      pixlplague Year 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 Year ago

    I love his pants.

  • Pixelated Roomba
    Pixelated Roomba Year ago

    Legacy.. What is a legacy

  • Obamacare Mishra
    Obamacare Mishra Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Pierre-Luc Gagné

    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 Year 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.

  • Mrwebbob
    Mrwebbob Year ago

    Thank you , i enjoyed that

  • Charmaine Eng
    Charmaine Eng Year ago


  • Declan Gallagher
    Declan Gallagher Year ago

    Bonus Rare Earth episode? Heck yes!

  • Zachary Roy
    Zachary Roy Year ago

    Great cinematography here.

  • j00st00s
    j00st00s Year ago +1

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

  • Droobilicious
    Droobilicious Year ago

    Dat shot doe

  • Angry Canuck
    Angry Canuck Year ago

    Asians haven’t integrated into Canada.

  • Oisin Smith
    Oisin Smith Year ago +1

    this guy is the most Canadian guy ever

  • Bethany McMullen
    Bethany McMullen Year 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 Year 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.

  • andy hasi
    andy hasi Year ago

    trudo has no legacy

  • Snowball Effect
    Snowball Effect Year ago

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

  • kairon156
    kairon156 Year ago

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

  • Kyle Netherwood
    Kyle Netherwood Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

    I'm from Gatineau and his domain is gorgeous.

  • Gummb0
    Gummb0 Year ago

    Still 1,000,000 times better than Justin Trudeau

  • Aaron Wade
    Aaron Wade Year ago

    Rare Earth is excellent, if anyone is wondering.

  • Mat Broomfield
    Mat Broomfield Year ago

    How's that alliance working out for ya Canada?

  • GRBTutorials
    GRBTutorials Year 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 Year ago

    voted for the shorty awards

  • GameSnippetsUK
    GameSnippetsUK Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Tide
    Tide Year 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 Year ago

    Guy sounds a lot like Trump

  • ony13020
    ony13020 Year 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

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

  • Dan
    Dan Year 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

    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 Year ago

    Does Canadians enjoy being soft?

  • Reavenk
    Reavenk Year 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.

  • BangARanggg
    BangARanggg Year ago +2

    Wow what deep analysis... He was weird

  • John von Shepard
    John von Shepard Year ago

    Ugly pant.

  • Raymond K Petry
    Raymond K Petry Year 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 Year ago +19

    Too much personal judgment and few facts. Meh.

  • Harry Todhunter
    Harry Todhunter Year ago

    When will citation needed return?

  • Bradley Hite
    Bradley Hite Year ago

    Trump 2020

  • Aldo Raine
    Aldo Raine Year ago

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

  • Caleb Hubbell
    Caleb Hubbell Year ago +4

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

  • Mortiis558
    Mortiis558 Year ago

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

  • Emile van der Merwe

    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 Year ago

    Tom is dead too :(?

  • carstorm85
    carstorm85 Year ago +2

    Very different style but still just as good and interesting!

  • 49metal
    49metal Year ago +1

    An overproduced exercise in evasive shallow.

  • Hsfh Fejtpo
    Hsfh Fejtpo Year 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 Year ago

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

  • J
    J Year ago +1

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

  • Daniel Dogeanu
    Daniel Dogeanu Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Ivan Rubalcava
    Ivan Rubalcava Year ago


  • Nigel Tabb
    Nigel Tabb Year 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 Year ago

    Nice pants

  • Rebecca Putman
    Rebecca Putman Year 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 Year ago

    tom scott & rare earth, best combinaison ever