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 2017 – TBC Pearson Stephen Azzi
September 2017 - TBC St. Laurent Xavier Gelinas
October 2017 - TBC King Norman Hillmer
November 2017 - TBC 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

May 29: Sir Robert Borden, with Greg Donaghy
7:00 p.m., Saint Paul University, Room L120, 233 Main Street

Greg Donaghy will present the life and times of Sir Robert Borden, prime minister during the trying days of the “Great War.” Greg is Head of the Historical Section and Deputy Director, Policy Research Division, Global Affairs Canada and author of Grit: The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr. Grit was a finalist for the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. This is the third of a series of talks to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers.

Past sessions:
March 28: Prime Minister Laurier, with Dr. Richard Clippingdale
Monday, April 24: Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, with Dr. Phillippe Azzie

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