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
Monday, May 29, 2017 Borden Greg Donaghy
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

Tuesday, March 28: Prime Minister Laurier, with Dr. Richard Clippingdale

Dr. Richard Clippingdale has served for twenty years as a senior consultant on national policy issues, executive development and international development. He also has continued a major scholarly role in the writing of modern Canadian history and the promotion of initiatives in Canadian Studies. In his government-related consulting he has carried out major assignments for Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Agriculture Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency, Privy Council Office, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Office of the Director General of UNESCO HQ (Paris) and the World Bank.

In advance of the discussion, the following article is recommended:
Macdonald-Laurier Institute
(Scroll down to where it says, "To read the magazine, click here" and click on the link to access the pdf document)
Two more links:
Canadian Encyclopedia
The Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier

The following books may be found in City of Ottawa libraries:
O.D. Skelton, Life and Letters of Sir Wilfrid Laurier (2 v., Toronto, 1921) - abridged version 2 v., edited by D.M.L. Farr, 1965
Joseph Schull, Laurier: The First Canadian (Toronto, 1965)
Réal Bélanger, Wilfrid Laurier: quand la politique devient passion (Québec et Montréal, 1986)
H.B. Neatby, Laurier and a Liberal Quebec: A Study in Political and Management, ed. by R.T. Clippingdale (Toronto, 1973)
J.W. Dafoe, Laurier: A Study in Canadian Politics (Toronto, 1922; repr., intro. M.S. Donnelly, 1963)
R.T. Clippingdale, Laurier: His Life and World (Toronto, 1979) - in the Prime Ministers' series, focusing on his accomplishments as PM

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