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Today on Art’s History we pause to honour two of our underrated Prime Ministers, Sir Robert Borden and R.B. Bennett.

First, the happy anniversary. It is, of course, Sir Robert’s birthday so I know all my readers will join me in sending him birthday greetings as he celebrates his big day in the great House of Commons in the sky.

And on a sadder note, it was also on this date that R.B. Bennett died at his British home, Juniper Hill. As always when marking Bennett anniversaries, I once again call for a statue in his honour to be raised on Parliament Hill. It is shameful that governments of all stripes continue their refusal to give R.B. his due.

R.B. Bennett

Sir Robert Borden, speaking to Canadian troops

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist.  He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy.  A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.

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