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On this date in 1952 Alberta voters granted their Premier, Ernest Manning and his Social Credit party, their fifth straight majority mandate. By the time Premier Manning would step down as Premier in 1968 he had won eight straight majorities, a record that still stands in his province. In 1970 the former Alberta Premier was appointed by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to the Senate. He served there until his mandatory retirement in 1983 at age 75. Mr. Manning passed into history in 1996.

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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