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Today in Canada’s Political History: Ray Novak appointed Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper

May 20 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper appointed a new Chief of Staff on this date in 2013. Ray Novak would serve with great distinction as the PM’s top assistant during the following two years, becoming one of the anchors of the Harper government. Previously, he held the positions of Principal Secretary and Executive Assistant to Harper. […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Visiting Australia, PM Pierre Trudeau highlights an often forgotten chapter in Canadian history

May 18 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was in Australia around this date in 1970, holding talks with leaders from our Commonwealth from partners Down Under. Along with official discussions with his Auzzie counterparts, Canada’s 15th Prime Minister highlighted an often forgotten chapter in pre-Confederation Canadian history during his stay. He unveiled a plaque and monument on […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Birth of Jim Coutts

May 16 2023 — Arthur Milnes — One of his era’s most important political advisors was born in High River, Alberta on this date in 1938. Jim Coutts went on to serve as Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s Appointments Secretary. Later, he became Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s Principal Secretary and served in this crucial non-elected post from 1975 until 1981. He passed into […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan announces his support for Canada’s seal hunt

May 15 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Over the decades Canada has received grief internationally because of Canadian participation in the seal hunt. But on this day in 1978, during one of his famous radio broadcasts, past Governor of California (and future President) Ronald Reagan came to Canada’s defence. “Now for the record, I couldn’t hit one of those seals with a […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Prime Minister Louis St.-Laurent revisits his childhood home during election campaign

May 11 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Future Prime Minister Louis St.-Laurent grew up in Compton, Quebec. It was a small community and no one could have predicted that one day one of its residents would occupy the most important position in the country. On May 11, 1949 during his first national election campaign as party leader and Prime Minister, St-Laurent returned […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Office of Canadian High Commissioner to the UK established

May 7 2023 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1880 that Canada established the position of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. And in filling the post Sir John A. Macdonald turned to a political heavyweight to represent Canada in London, Father of Confederation Alexander Tilloch Galt. To illustrate the importance Canada attached to relations with the British […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Happy birthday Vassy Kapelos!

May 6 2023 — Arthur Milnes — It is a great pleasure to send out birthday greetings from Art’s History to one of Ottawa’s most highly regarded political journalists, CTV’s Vassy Kapelos. She turns 42 today. This broadcast journalist, respected by partisans of all stripes, joined by viewers from coast-to-coast-to-coast, started her career with Global T.V. in Saskatchewan and Alberta, even winning […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Margaret Trudeau bravely goes public about her struggles with bipolar disorder

May 5 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Margaret Trudeau helped lift the stigma faced by the countless Canadians who have experienced mental health challenges on this date in 2006. She did so during an interview with the Globe and Mail in discussing her own struggles with bipolar disorder throughout her adult life. “It’s not just what life throws at you,” Trudeau told the Globe. “Bipolar […]

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