National Newswatch

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Mackenzie King Becomes the Commonwealth’s Longest Serving Prime Minister

Apr 20 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1948 that Mackenzie King – Canada’s longest-serving Prime Minister—chalked up another record in his ground-breaking career, becoming the Commonwealth’s longest-serving Prime Minister.  It had been an incredible journey.  Members of the House of Commons paused on this date to give Prime Minister King his due. Here are the generous […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: David Milgaard Released from Stony Mountain Penitentiary

Apr 16 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1992 that David Milgaard’s journey seeking truth and justice brought him a little closer to exoneration.  Wrongfully convicted of the 1969 Saskatoon murder of nurse Gail Miller, Milgaard spent 23 years in prison, maintaining his innocence the entire time, making him ineligible for parole. His mother, Joyce, led an […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir Mackenzie Bowell’s Maiden Speech to the Commons

Apr 15 2021 — Arthur Milnes — We have two special moments to note today. First, as always on “Art’s History,” we take time out to celebrate the anniversaries of the maiden Parliamentary addresses of our Prime Ministers.  So today it is the pride of Bellville, Ontario, Sir Mackenzie Bowell’s turn.  While his time in the Prime Minister’s chair was relatively brief […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Dies Suddenly in Ottawa

Apr 10 2021 — Arthur Milnes — All of official Ottawa, regardless of political stripe, was in mourning on this date in 2014 when news of the sudden passing of Jim Flaherty arrived on Parliament Hill. Along with, of course, Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself, Mr. Flaherty cemented the Tory government, serving as Minister of Finance with a steady hand, particularly as […]