Jean Chrétien’s partner in life and politics, his wife Aline, was born on this date in 1936 in Shawinigan. She married the future Prime Minister in 1957 and they enjoyed a marriage of 63 years. A woman of grace, class and substance, she was Prime Minister Chrétien’s most important advisor. Canadians of all political stripes mourned her at her passing in 2020 at the age of 84. There is little doubt that Jean Chrétien would not have become Prime Minister, and remained in that high office for a decade, without the love and support of his Aline.
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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