National Newswatch

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lays Cornerstone for the University of Saskatchewan

Jul 29 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It is a milestone anniversary today for all citizens of Saskatchewan, regardless of party. On this date in 1910 the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier himself, on a Western tour, laid the cornerstone for what is now one of Canada’s most respected and admired universities, the University of Saskatchewan. I’ll let Sir Wilfrid himself tell the […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lays Cornerstone for the University of Saskatchewan

Jul 29 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It is a milestone anniversary today for all citizens of Saskatchewan, regardless of party. On this date in 1910 the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier himself, on a Western tour, laid the cornerstone for what is now one of Canada’s most respected and admired universities, the University of Saskatchewan. I’ll let Sir Wilfrid himself tell the […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: R.B Bennett defeats the Liberals to become Prime Minister

Jul 28 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1930 that Tory R.B. Bennett bested William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Liberals and earned a majority mandate from Canadians. He served five years as Prime Minister as the Great Depression ravaged Canada. Historians later revealed that Bennett, a wealthy man, often sent money to ordinary Canadians, suffering during that Dust […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: First-ever French-Language Leaders Debate in a National Campaign

Jul 24 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Canadian federal politics became much more inclusive on this date in 1984. For the first time during a general election campaign, party leaders participated in a full French-language nationally-televised debate. It featured then Prime Minister John Turner for the Liberal Party, Ed Broadbent of the NDP, and Brian Mulroney of the Progressive Conservatives. Two days […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: First-ever French-Language Leaders Debate in a National Campaign

Jul 24 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Canadian federal politics became much more inclusive on this date in 1984. For the first time during a general election campaign, party leaders participated in a full French-language nationally-televised debate. It featured then Prime Minister John Turner for the Liberal Party, Ed Broadbent of the NDP, and Brian Mulroney of the Progressive Conservatives. Two days […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Tom Axworthy Appointed Principal Secretary to PM Pierre Trudeau

Jul 23 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Today is a very important day in the life of career of one of the most important political advisors in modern Canadian political history. It was, on this date in 1981, that Tom Axworthy was appointed by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the 15th Prime Minister’s principal secretary. Axworthy replaced another legendary figure from PMO […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Tom Axworthy Appointed Principal Secretary to PM Pierre Trudeau

Jul 23 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Today is a very important day in the life of career of one of the most important political advisors in modern Canadian political history.  It was, on this date in 1981, that Tom Axworthy was appointed by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the 15th Prime Minister’s principal secretary.  Axworthy replaced another legendary figure from PMO […]