Today in Canada's Political History - February 5, 1901: Sir Charles Tupper steps down as Conservative leader

The remarkable political career of the pride of Cumberland County Nova Scotia came to an end on this date in 1901. Father of Confederation Sir Charles Tupper announced he was stepping down as federal Tory leader. His decision came after his second straight loss to Liberal Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Tupper would go on to enjoy a lengthy retirement, living into his 90s. He was replaced as party leader by a Halifax lawyer by the name of Robert L. Borden.

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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