National Newswatch

A ‘Big Spending Announcement’ Budget

Apr 23 2021 — C. Scott Clark and Peter DeVries — On April 19t Minister Freeland delivered her long awaited budget- the government’s first budget in two years. By some measures, it was an impressive document: 740 pages long making it the longest budget document ever. The budget can best be described as a “big announcement” budget with proposed spending initiatives sprinkled around to everyone and […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Birth of Lester Pearson

Apr 23 2021 — — As always at “Art’s History,” we pause to mark the birthdays of our Prime Ministers and today it is Lester Bowles Pearson’s turn. Canada’s 14th Prime Minister was born on this date in 1897 in Newtonbrook, a small town that was later consumed by the outward expansion of Toronto. As the son of a Minister, […]

Canadians deserve equal access to the internet

Apr 23 2021 — Byron Holland — Just as the pandemic exposed troubling gaps among factory workers, healthcare providers, and vulnerable communities it also laid bare a technology gap between city and country.  When lockdowns took hold and Canadians (who could) started working from home, we learned as never before that access to the internet is an essential service. But it is […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Mackenzie King Becomes the Commonwealth’s Longest Serving Prime Minister

Apr 20 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1948 that Mackenzie King – Canada’s longest-serving Prime Minister—chalked up another record in his ground-breaking career, becoming the Commonwealth’s longest-serving Prime Minister. It had been an incredible journey. Members of the House of Commons paused on this date to give Prime Minister King his due.

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Mackenzie King Becomes the Commonwealth’s Longest Serving Prime Minister

Apr 20 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1948 that Mackenzie King – Canada’s longest-serving Prime Minister—chalked up another record in his ground-breaking career, becoming the Commonwealth’s longest-serving Prime Minister.  It had been an incredible journey.  Members of the House of Commons paused on this date to give Prime Minister King his due. Here are the generous […]