National Newswatch

Today in Canada’s Political History: Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigns from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet

Aug 17 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost his finance minister on this date with the resignation of Bill Morneau. He had been Trudeau’s first Minister of Finance, appointed to the all-important portfolio when the 23rd PM assumed office in 2015. Morneau was replaced by Chrystia Freeland. He later wrote a memoir detailing his policy differences with Trudeau and his […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Andrew R. Wetmore appointed New Brunswick’s first Premier

Aug 16 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Andrew Wetmore had a lot to celebrate on August 16, 1867. Not only was it his birthday, it also happened to be the date he became New Brunswick’s first post-Confederation Premier. Wetmore had been against Confederation when he entered the Legislature, but switched to the pro-Confederation forces and found success. He would hold the post […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Canada, Mexico and USA successfully conclude NAFTA negotiations

Aug 12 2023 — Arthur Milnes — North America’s economy changed forever on this date in 1992 with Canada, the United States and Mexico all agreeing to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The talks had originally only involved the US and Mexico, but Prime Minister Brian Mulroney insisted on Canadian participation. In December of 1992, the leaders of all three […]

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