Canadian History for Kids: Mackenzie Bowell

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Prime Ministers of Canada, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: Mackenzie Bowell

Mackenzie Bowell was the only prime minister of Canada to be forced to resign by his own cabinet, which he called a “nest of traitors.” December 21st, 1894, Mackenzie Bowell sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada after news arrives of the death of John Thompson. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of Canada, looks at the career of Mackenzie Bowell. Bowell was born in Rickinghall, Suffolk, England.

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Canadian History for Kids: Paul Martin

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Prime Ministers of Canada, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: Paul Martin

Could the Chairman and CEO of Canada Steamship Lines, become the Prime Minister of the country? Paul Martin sure thought he could! December 12th, 2003 Paul Martin is sworn in as Canada’s 21st Prime Minister. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of Canada, looks at the career of Paul Martin. Martin was born in Windsor, Ontario. His father, Paul Joseph James Martin, served thirty-three years as a member of the Canadian House of Commons, and was a Cabinet minister in the Liberal governments of Prime Ministers W.L. Mackenzie King, Louis St. Laurent, Lester B. Pearson, and Pierre E. Trudeau.

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Canadian History for Kids: John Thompson

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Prime Ministers of Canada, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: John Thompson

He has been described as the greatest Canadian Prime Minister….that never was! Sir John Thompson is sworn in as Canada’s 4th prime minister, November 24th, 1892. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of our Canada, looks at the career of John Thompson. Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to John Sparrow Thompson and Charlotte Pottinger, he was of Irish descent. Some sources say he was born on November 10, 1845, others say 1844.

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Canadian History for Kids: Lois St. Laurent

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Prime Ministers of Canada, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: Lois St. Laurent

“Uncle Lou” is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister in Canadian history on November 15th, 1948. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of our Canada, looks at the career of Louis St. Laurent. Louis St. Laurent, Canada’s 12th Prime Minister, was born February 1, 1882, in Compton, Québec. He was the son of a French-speaking father and an English-speaking Irish mother. Like Laurier, he could trace his Québec roots back three centuries.

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Canadian History for Kids: Mackenzie King

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Prime Ministers of Canada, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: Mackenzie King

Could a simple stonemason from Scotland ever become the Prime Minister of Canada? It could happen…and it did! Alexander Mackenzie became the 2nd Prime Minister of Canada on November 7th, 1883.This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of our Canada, looks at the career of Alexander Mackenzie. Mackenzie refused the offer of a knighthood three times, and was thus the only one of Canada’s first eight Prime Ministers not to be knighted. His pride in his working class origins never left him.

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Canadian History for Kids: Jean Cretien

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Prime Ministers of Canada, Sketches of Our Canada

Canadian History for Kids: Jean Cretien

Le p’tit gars de Shawinigan (“Little Guy from Shawinigan”) is sworn November 4th, 1993 at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 20th Prime Minister, replacing Kim Campbell. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of our Canada, looks at the career of Jean Chretien. Jean Joseph Jacques Chrétien was born January 11, 1934, in Shawinigan, Québec, the second-youngest child in a family of nineteen. Chrétien graduated with a law degree from Laval University in 1959 and joined a Shawinigan legal firm. In 1963, at age 29, Chrétien ran successfully for Parliament, learned English, and began his swift rise up the Liberal ladder.

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