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The Authentic Voice of Canada

R.B. Bennett Speeches in the House of Lords, 1941-1947

by (author) Christopher McCreery & Arthur Milnes

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2009
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Richard Bedford Bennett was Canada's eleventh prime minister and head of a majority government during the Great Depression. Defeated in 1935, he lived the rest of his life in England and is the only deceased Canadian prime minister not buried on Canadian soil. For most Canadians, the Bennett story ends upon his leaving Canada in 1939. But, as this book shows, Bennett's career was far from over. Summoned to the British House of Lords in 1941 by King George VI, Bennett, now Viscount Bennett, took part in some of the crucial debates of the Second World War and lent his voice to discussions in Parliament at Westminster as the United Kingdom and British Empire and Commonwealth prepared for the post-war years. He served in the Lords until his death in 1947, continuing his fight for the Canadian autonomy that he had done so much to establish as prime minister in Ottawa. With a foreword by former Prime Minster John Turner, the book includes contributions from R.B.'s nephew, William R. Herridge, and David Asper, chair of the National Post.

About the authors

Christopher McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian political history from Queen_s University and is the author of more than ten books, including The Beginners Guide to Canadian Honours and Canadian Symbols of Authority. He is private secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He lives in Halifax.

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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.


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