Canada 150: Prime Ministers

The Old Ottawa East Community Association is holding a Sesquicentennial Celebration of Canada's Prime Ministers. Each month, a guest speaker will lead a discussion on a particular prime minister in a casual, informal setting. Readings will be suggested in advance but are not required for participation. Below is a tentative schedule, and dates/locations will be posted on our website as soon as they are confirmed.

Month PM Speaker Location
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Laurier Rick Clippingdale Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street, 7 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 Macdonald Phil Azzie Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street
Monday, May 29, 2017 Borden Greg Donaghy Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street
June 26, 2017 Pearson Stephen Azzi Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street
September 25, 2017 St. Laurent Xavier Gelinas Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street
October 30, 2017 King Norman Hillmer Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street
November 29, 2017 Pierre Trudeau Paul Litt
December 2017 - TBC Diefenbaker Michael Stevenson
January 2018 - TBC Stories on PMs Arthur Milnes
February 2018 - TBC
March 2018 - TBC
April 2018 - TBC

October 30: William Lyon Mackenzie King, with Dr. Norman Hillmer
7:00 p.m., Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street
Dr. Norman Hillmer, Carleton’s much-honoured Chancellor's Professor for History and International Affairs, will lead our sixth session on William Lyon Mackenzie King. Once again, there is much to celebrate in considering prime minister King: "[T]he longest-serving prime minister’s record is unmatched in Canadian politics and government. King gained independence from the British Empire; founded the welfare state; navigated the perils of the 1939-45 war and the early Cold War; smoothly guided his cabinet and caucus; intuitively understood and responded to popular attitudes; and made his Liberals the government party. Most of all, King never lost sight of Canadian unity, particularly in wartime..." (Hector Mackenzie). The sessions are free and open to members of the pubic.

Past sessions:
September 25: Louis St-Laurent, with Dr. Xavier Gélinas
June 26: Lester B Pearson, with Dr. Stephen Azzi
May 29: Sir Robert Borden, with Greg Donaghy
April 24: Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, with Dr. Phillippe Azzie
March 28: Prime Minister Laurier, with Dr. Richard Clippingdale

A useful resource for reading about our past prime ministers is the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.