Today in Canada's Political History - February 18, 1980: Pierre Trudeau returns

Pierre Trudeau achieved what seemed impossible only three months before and was re-elected PM on this date in 1980. After only nine months of a Tory government led by Prime Minister Joe Clark, Canadians again opted for Trudeau. The Liberals won 147 seats while the Progressive Conservatives were the winners in only 103 ridings. Ed Broadbent’s NDP won 32 seats.

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.