Guest speaker Terry Reardon talked about his book titled “Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King: so similar, so different.” Reardon, who was born in England and movedto Canada in 1968, spent most of his working life in the banking business but has been a member of the International Churchill Society Canada for 25 years including 15 as a director and has had numerous articles about Churchill published in the Churchill Centre Magazine. Reardon gave a fascinating talk on the many similarities of Churchill and King (born a few days apart in 1874, for example), yet tremendous differences (an extrovert versus an introvert, a supreme wartime leader versus someone who wasn’t even invited to a wartime meeting in his own country). The two first met in 1900 and despite their different personalities their long political careers brought them together in a relationship that lasted almost 50 years.Reardon pointed out that much has been written about Churchill including many of his own history books. On the other hand, most of what is known about King has come from his extensive diaries which he kept for 57 years. Reardon said that King and Canada often don’t receive the credit they deserve for the massive amounts of aid provided to England especially during the early years of World War II.The talk focused on the period leading up to Churchill’s 1940 Prime Minister-ship through the war and immediate post war period.They met for the last time in late 1948, less than two years before King died.
Our speaker for oru July meeting will be Lisa Thompson, Regional Marketing Planner – Toronto, Halton, Hamilton and Niagara Road Safety Marketing Office. She will be talking about the Senior Licence Renewal Program.