National Newswatch

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Yellowknife Named Capital of the Northwest Territories

Jan 18 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Very pleased today to mark an anniversary important to everyone in old stomping grounds as a reporter in the Northwest Territories.  So, it was on this date in 1967 that Yellowknife was named the NWT’s capital city.  I first experienced Yellowknife on a four-month contract for Northern News Services during the spring-summer of 1995 (where […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Birthdays of former PMs Macdonald, Chretien and former Ontario Premier Robarts

Jan 11 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Today, of course, is Sir John A. Macdonald Day.  In 2002, through an Act of Parliament, MPs and Senators chose to place each January 11 – the day on which Macdonald celebrated his birthday throughout his long life of public service – and also November 20, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day, on the Canadian calendar. I […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Birthdate of First Australian PM to Address Canada’s Parliament

Jan 8 2021 — Arthur Milnes — January 8, 1885 is the birthdate of Australia’s Prime Minister John Curtin, a firm ally of Canada’s who is often counted among Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers. In 1944, Prime Minister Curtin became the first-ever Australian PM to address Canada’s Parliament.  Upon arriving at Ottawa’s Union Station, he declared to the media on hand that his […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Kim Campbell Becomes Canada’s First Female Defence Minister

Jan 4 2021 — Arthur Milnes — January 4, 1993.  It was on this date in 1993 that Prime Minister Brian Mulroney shuffled his cabinet in a major way.  One of the most notable ministers who were part of the shuffle was British Columbia’s Kim Campbell. Mulroney shifted Kim Campbell to National Defence where she made history, becoming Canada’s first-ever female defence […]