Louise-Phillipe Brodeur, the Speaker of the House of Commons, resigned his high office on this date in 1904 to enter Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s cabinet as Minister of Inland Revenue. He would later serve as Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Naval Services. Brodeur’s loyalty to Laurier again paid off in 1911 when he was named to the Supreme Court of Canada. After a decade of service on the court he was named Lt-Governor of Quebec. Brodeur died while serving as the Crown’s representative in Quebec in 1924.
Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.