Today in Canada's Political History - March 15, 1909: Arthur Meighen’s maiden address in the Commons

The voice of a MP who would go on to become one of Canada’s greatest-ever parliamentarians was first heard in the House of Commons on this date in 1909. Arthur Meighen had been sent to Ottawa to represent a Manitoba riding in 1908. Legend has it that when he returned to his seat at the conclusion of his remarks, the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier turned to his seatmate and said, “Borden has found a man.” It was a worthy tribute to the rookie MP who, in turn, admired Laurier the rest of his days.

You can read Meighen’s maiden address by clicking here.


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.