National Newswatch

Today in Canada’s Political History: PM Harper becomes first Canadian PM to address South Korea’s Assembly

Dec 7 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper, was in South Korean on this date in 2009. He made history on his visit in becoming the first-ever Canadian PM to address South Korea’s national assembly. In his address, Harper recalled Canada’s proud service in the cause of freedom during the Korean War. “Canada […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau meets President Richard Nixon at the White House

Dec 6 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, was in Washington on this date in 1971 for talks with President Richard Nixon at the White House. Besides bilateral issues and irritants, Trudeau and Nixon also discussed the President’s unprecedented upcoming trip to China. “The President then gave an account of the Peking trip, emphasizing the […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Newfoundland loses Dominion status, becomes British colony again

Dec 2 2022 — Arthur Milnes — After 26 years of being a proud Dominion – like Canada – within the British Empire, Newfoundland’s government dissolved itself on this date in 1933. After almost 80 years of responsible government, the future Canadian province became a Crown colony once again.  Newfoundland was once again governed directly from London. Newfoundland’s economy had been crushed […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Marquess of Lorne installed as Governor General of Canada

Nov 25 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Canada’s fourth post-Confederation Governor General took office on this date in 1878. His Excellency was only 33 and his full name was John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll.  Lorne’s wife was none other than Princess Louise, a daughter of Queen Victoria itself. Both Lorne and his Princess were accomplished artists. […]