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Today in Canada’s Political History: SecState Lester Pearson notes PM Louis St. Laurent’s depression, fatigue

Jun 27 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent and his Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, were in London on this date in 1956 for meetings with British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and other Commonwealth leaders. Writing almost 20 years later in his memoirs, Mike, Pearson reflected on the meeting and the depressive moods he […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Jean Chrétien elected Liberal leader, Laureen Harper’s birthday

Jun 23 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Today is a big day on the calendar for both Liberals and Tories to celebrate. It was, of course, on this date in 1990, in Calgary, that Jean Chrétien was elected national Liberal leader at a good old-fashioned delegated convention (ones I often wish would return to our politics).  Chrétien, Canada’s 20th prime minister, went […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Stephen Harper apologizes for the Chinese Head Tax

Jun 22 2022 — Arthur Milnes — It was a moving and symbolically important day for Chinese Canadians in 2006 as then Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper stood in the Commons and officially apologized for the Chinese Head Tax and other discriminatory policies instituted by past governments. You can read Mr. Harper’s speech below. Prime Minister Harper: Mr. Speaker, I rise today […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Death of musician Bobby Gimby, composer of Canada’s Centennial year song

Jun 20 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Any Canadian who was alive in 1967 can still hum the words and tune to “Ca-na-da,” written by musician Bobby Gimby for Canada’s Centennial Year. Mr. Gimby would lead parade after parade across Canada as his countrymen and women celebrated their nation. Gimby’s song was the highest selling record that year in Canada. Wearing his […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: 1962 election – Dief reduced to minority, Turner first elected, Mulroney gets campaign experience

Jun 18 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Only four years after winning a remarkable 208 seats (a record that stood until Brian Mulroney won 211 seats in 1984), Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservatives were re-elected on this date in 1962.  However, Dief’s government had lost 89 seats and found itself reduced to a minority status in the Commons.  They never regained […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: The most honest speech ever delivered by a Canadian PM

Jun 17 2022 — Arthur Milnes — From the great Sir John A. Macdonald on through Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of today, our 23 Prime Ministers have delivered countless thousands of speeches. There were the eloquent tributes made by Sir Wilfrid Laurier; barn-burning opposition addresses by Mr. Diefenbaker; profound and brave speeches like those made in the Commons by Brian Mulroney and […]