National Newswatch

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Commons Approves the Erection of a Hill Statue of John Diefenbaker

Mar 1 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1985 that the Commons, six years after his death, voted unanimously to erect a statue of the great John Diefenbaker on Parliament Hill. The initiative was led by one of my hometown MPs, Scarborough-Centre’s legendary Pauline Browes. Winnipeg-based artist Leo Mol was commissioned to craft Dief’s commanding statue which […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Vincent Massey Sworn-in As The First Canadian Governor General

Feb 28 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1952 that Vincent Massey made history after being sworn-in as Canada’s Governor General, the first Canadian to serve as the Monarch’s representative in Canada. From one of Canada’s wealthiest families, Massey had served as High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom and was earlier the first-ever Canadian Ambassador […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Vincent Massey Sworn-in As The First Canadian Governor General

Feb 28 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1952 that Vincent Massey made history after being sworn-in as Canada’s Governor General, the first Canadian to serve as the Monarch’s representative in Canada. From one of Canada’s wealthiest families, Massey had served as High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom and was earlier the first-ever Canadian Ambassador […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir John A. Macdonald’s Portrait Unveiled on Parliament Hill

Feb 27 2021 — Arthur Milnes — As with all things Prime Ministerial in Canada, our greatest Prime Minister (along with Laurier), Sir John A. Macdonald, chalked up many “firsts” during his distinguished career. So, of course, it is no surprise to learn that his was the first-ever PM portrait unveiled on Parliament Hill. And it was Sir John A. himself who […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir John A. Macdonald’s Portrait Unveiled on Parliament Hill

Feb 27 2021 — Arthur Milnes — As with all things Prime Ministerial in Canada, our greatest Prime Minister (along with Laurier), Sir John A. Macdonald, chalked up many “firsts” during his distinguished career. So, of course, it is no surprise to learn that his was the first-ever PM portrait unveiled on Parliament Hill. And it was Sir John A. himself who […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Future PM Justin Trudeau’s Maiden Speech in the Commons

Feb 25 2021 — Arthur Milnes — As readers of “Art’s History” are aware, there are no more important dates on the Canadian political history calendar than the birthday of our Prime Ministers. Next to those anniversaries, of course, marking the maiden Parliamentary addresses of the Prime Ministers of Canada are crucial dates for those of us who are historically minded.

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Future PM Justin Trudeau’s Maiden Speech in the Commons

Feb 25 2021 — Arthur Milnes — As readers of “Art’s History” are aware, there are no more important dates on the Canadian political history calendar than the birthday of our Prime Ministers.  Next to those anniversaries, of course, marking the maiden Parliamentary addresses of the Prime Ministers of Canada are crucial dates for those of us who are historically minded. So, […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Passing of Tommy Douglas, Father of Medicare

Feb 24 2021 — Arthur Milnes — On this date in 1986, Canada lost a beloved political leader who helped establish democratic socialism in mainstream politics.  The great Tommy Douglas, Canada’s first-ever leader of the federal NDP and a past Premier of Saskatchewan remembered for bringing Medicare to his province, died in Ottawa. Later that day, MPs paused to pay tribute to […]