It is a great personal and professional pleasure to send out birthday greetings to one of Canada’s greatest living historians. I speak, of course, of Professor John English. Canadians are very much in his debt, particularly those who enjoy studying Canadian political history. In the last 30 years, for example, he has produced two volume biographies of both Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Trudeau. Before that, he had produced studies of Conservative PMs Arthur Meighen and Sir Robert Borden. Unlike many academics, Professor English was willing leave the tenured safety of university life to perform public service. He served as a MP from 1993 to 1997. Along the way, English has mentored countless young historians throughout his own storied life and career. Happy birthday Professor English!
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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