Today in Canada's Political History: June 3, 1999, Mike Harris wins second majority mandate in Ontario

  • National Newswatch

Ontario Progressive Conservatives had a great deal to be happy about on this date in 1999. Tory Premier Mike Harris and his team were returned to power at Queen’s Park with a second majority mandate. Harris would remain in office until he stepped down in 2002. Many observers say today that he was the most consequential Ontario leader in modern times.

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.