An era closed on this date in 1911 with Sir Wilfrid Laurier leaving office and Robert L. Borden of Nova Scotia sworn-in as PM. Canada’s first French-Canadian Prime Minister had had a remarkable 15 year run holding Canada’s top political job. He won four back-to-back majority mandates from Canadians and his contributions to the young Dominion are too numerous to mention fully. As for the incoming PM, Borden would serve a PM for nine years and led Canada through the First World War.
Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.
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