Today in Canada's Political History - February 14, 2014: Death of Yukon’s first Premier, Chris Pearson

The first Northerner to carry the title of Premier of Yukon passed into history on this date in 2014. Chris Pearson, who served in the territory’s top political job from 1978 to 1985, was 82 when he died. He had led Yukon’s first-ever partisan government and fought for greater autonomy from Ottawa throughout his term. Pearson had retired from politics in 1985.

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.