Veteran MP and Senator Marcel Prud'homme passed into history at age 82 on this date in 1917. He was first elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal MP in 1964 and was returned by Quebec voters eight further times. As a university student he famously debated future Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. In 1993 Prud’homme’s past debating opponent had him appointed to the Red Chamber. Prud’homme served in the Senate until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2009. The late Parliamentarian is perhaps best remembered for his support of Palestinian causes during his political career.
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.