Today in Canada's Political History - April 30, 1950: Happy birthday Stephen Harper!

It is a big day for Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, Stephen J. Harper. He is celebrating his milestone 65th birthday. He now joins his colleague past PMs Joe Clark, Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin in collecting his Canada Pension. One of the great privileges of my career was working as a speechwriter to Mr. Harper and it is therefore a great personal pleasure to send along birthday wishes to my former boss.

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.