Today in Canada's Political History - April 17, 1892: Death of Alexander Mackenzie

Canada’s second Prime Minister, Alexander Mackenzie, passed into history on this date in 1892. The first Liberal PM, Sandy Mackenzie held Canada’s top job between 1873 and 1878. He was 70 when he died and is buried in Sarnia, Ontario. One tidbit of interest about his Premiership involves his choice of offices. Mackenzie had his personal office in West Block. No other PM followed his example until, you guessed it, Justin Trudeau.

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.