Today in Canada's Political History - February 19, 1919: Death of Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Canada’s greatest Prime Minister (along with Sir John A. Macdonald of Kingston) passed into history on this date in 1919. Wilfrid Laurier, who had served as PM from 1896 to 1911, died at home at Laurier House. Canadians of all political persuasions were immediately plunged into mourning as the life and legacy of the nation’s first-ever French-Canadian PM was remembered.

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.