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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

Steve Paikin Recommends

Canada Always: The Defining Speeches of Sir Wilfrid Laurier edited by Arthur Milnes

Canada Always: The Defining Speeches of Sir Wilfrid Laurier (2016)

(From Penguin Random House)

"Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways." These were the words used in triumph by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the night he was elected Canada's 23rd Prime Minister. They were also the words Sir Wilfrid Laurier used to call Canadians to greatness a century before. Canada Always brings together the most significant speeches of one of Canada's greatest leaders on the 175th anniversary of his birth. Readers will follow Laurier from his earliest years in Canadian politics, through his history-making fifteen-year Premiership, and then again as his generous vision of Canada is sorely tested by the flames and fire of the First World War.

Edited by veteran political speechwriter and PM historian Arthur Milnes, Canada Always features essays of commentary by seven of Laurier's living successors as Prime Minister of Canada. They are joined by Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada; past Prime Ministerial chiefs-of-staff like Thomas Axworthy, Edward Goldenberg, Nigel Wright, Derek Burney, and Hugh Segal; journalists André Pratte, Steve Paikin, Jane Taber, Lawrence Martin, and Andrew Cohen; past and sitting Premiers Rachel Notley, Christy Clark, Jean Charest, Roy Romanow, Alison Redford, and Bob Rae; distinguished academics including David Asper; former US Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson (on Laurier's legacy in Canada-US relations); while the Rt. Hon.

Tony Blair considers Laurier from his unique position as a past Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As Canada stands on the cusp of her 150th birthday, Canada Always will be an essential part of the library of any Canadian seeking a further understanding of the words that defined our nation: Laurier's words.

Arthur Milnes

(From Penguin Random House)

Arthur Milnes, a former speechwriter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, served as the research assistant on the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney's Memoirs. He was co-editor (with Dr. Sarah K. Gibson) of Canada Transformed: The Speeches of Sir John A. Macdonald. His other previous books include studies of Prime Ministers John N. Turner, R.B. Bennett, Arthur Meighen and US Presidents George HW Bush, Franklin Roosevelt, and Jimmy Carter. He lives in Kingston and is a Fellow of the Queen's University School of Policy Studies, a speechwriter, and acclaimed public historian. The author lives in Kingston, ON.