Today in Canada's Political History - January 26, 1993: Death of the Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé

The pioneering Jean Sauvé,who became Canada’s first female Speaker of the House of Commons and first woman Governor General, died on this date in 1993. Born in Prud'homme, Saskatchewan, she had a distinguished career in journalism in Quebec before entering politics. Sauvé became a MP in 1972 and also served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. After serving as Speaker of the House of Commons, she was recommended to the Queen to the post of Governor General by Trudeau in 1984. Sauvé served at Rideau Hall until 1990. She passed into history only three years later.

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.


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