In celebration of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's 175th birthday -- November 20th, 2016 is "Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day" -- this is the first time his most important and iconic speeches will be published in book form, annotated and with essays by a stunning array of politicians, journalists, and acclaimed academics.
"Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways." These were the words used in triumph by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the night he was elected Canada's 23rd Prime Minister. They were also the words Sir Wilfrid Laurier used to call Canadians to greatness a century before. Canada Always brings together the most significant speeches of one of Canada's greatest leaders on the 175th anniversary of his birth. Readers will follow Laurier from his earliest years in Canadian politics, through his history-making fifteen-year Premiership, and then again as his generous vision of Canada is sorely tested by the flames and fire of the First World War.
Edited by veteran political speechwriter and PM historian Arthur Milnes, Canada Always features essays of commentary by seven of Laurier's living successors as Prime Minister of Canada. They are joined by Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada; past Prime Ministerial chiefs-of-staff like Thomas Axworthy, Edward Goldenberg, Nigel Wright, Derek Burney, and Hugh Segal; journalists André Pratte, Steve Paikin, Jane Taber, Lawrence Martin, and Andrew Cohen; past and sitting Premiers Rachel Notley, Christy Clark, Jean Charest, Roy Romanow, Alison Redford, and Bob Rae; distinguished academics including David Asper; former US Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson (on Laurier's legacy in Canada-US relations); while the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair considers Laurier from his unique position as a past Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As Canada stands on the cusp of her 150th birthday, Canada Always will be an essential part of the library of any Canadian seeking a further understanding of the words that defined our nation: Laurier's words.
About the author
?Arthur Milnes is a journalist and public historian and served as a speech writer for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He has edited volumes about the presidencies of George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and the leadership of prime ministers Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and other Canadian leaders. He also served as research assistant to the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney on his bestselling memoirs. Arthur lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Other titles by Arthur Milnes
Without Walls or Barriers
The Speeches of Premier David Peterson
With Faith and Goodwill
150 Years of Canada-U.S. Friendship
Truly a Magic Moment
The Peterson Legacy: An Examination of the Ontario Liberal Government of David Peterson, 1985-1990
The Speeches of Sir John A. Macdonald
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
A Canadian Tribute
Unrevised and Unrepented II
Debating Speeches and Others
The Authentic Voice of Canada
R.B. Bennett Speeches in the House of Lords, 1941-1947
In Roosevelt's Bright Shadow
A Collection in Honour of the 70th Anniversary of FDR's 1938 Speech at Queen's University and Marking Canada's Special Relationship with America's Presidents 1938 to Present Day
Age of the Offered Hand
The Cross-Border Partnership Between President George H.W. Bush and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, A Documentary History
Politics of Purpose
The Right Honourable John N. Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada