Mackenzie King

How Mackenzie King convinced Canada to go to war in 1939

Canada made an independent decision to fight the Nazis, one taken with scarcely a voice raised against it in Parliament

That time a kooky leader bizarrely killed a Canada-U.S. free trade deal

Back when Donald Trump was still in diapers, Canada and the U.S. were close to a free trade deal. Here’s the strange story of why those talks died.


Review: Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders: The True Story of Newfoundland’s Confederation with Canada

When the Second World War ended, the future of Newfoundland was not only an issue for its people, it was also a matter of considerable significance for the victorious English-speaking nations at the heart of what would be called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Newfoundland, in the British phrase, had had a very good war, taking a front-row place in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic, hosting large numbers of Allied (particularly American) servicemen and economically emerging out of the Great Depression that had seen it lose its self-rule in 1933 and become again a colony governed directly from London.


Thomas Mulcair’s historical challenge

Whatever the impact of the attack ads run against him, one historical note on the challenge facing Thomas Mulcair. He will be attempting in 2015 to do something that most leaders of the opposition fail to do: lead their parties to a general election victory on their first try.


‘An ornament to any Parliament’

Gerald Caplan revisits last month’s odd revisiting of J.S. Woodsworth’s vote against World War II.

The Commons: Mourning Jack

If Layton’s lying-in-state was without precedent, it is now not without justification

Canada's best Prime ministers

Canada’s best prime ministers

Maclean’s second survey of our greatest leaders shows a new number one, and some big surprises.


The King’s precedent

John Duffy recalls what preceded the King-Byng Affair.


Seventy-six shoulders strong

Just how many people does Stephen Harper plan to appoint to cabinet?


A part of our heritage

The Ottawa Citizen considers the anti-semitism of some Canada’s more honoured public servants, including a prime minister, a cabinet minister and a governor general.


Governing with consent

Last week, Mark Donald heralded a “tide of ennui.” This week, Andrew Coyne writes, somewhat less satirically, of our “deeply, deeply cynical political culture.”


A short history of summer elections

Canada has suffered through nine elections in June, five of which might’ve technically counted as summer votes. But if you follow the school year definition, there’s been three summer elections—July 1930, August 1953 and July 1974.