Sunday, 23 February 2014



  Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM

  Dear Dan,

  Your blog sits deliciously and comfortably 
  in my mind.  Excellent work!



Tuesday, 21 January 2014


   According to the radio reports, another storm is rolling
  in; so, a good time to bring this blog to a conclusion!!!

  Despite his expertise in all things political, 
  R.B. Bennett's high minded idealism would sometimes
  shine through:

  As he put it in a private letter in July 1935, 
 "We cannot accept unemployment as a natural and
   necessary consequence of a social system."
  [p. 223]

  Dr. Waite, Peter, I remember the day that I first
  thought of trying to interview you about your new
  book.  A month later, I wrote you a letter. 

  So, I offer you a sincere...

  Thank you, Lieutenant !!!  :)

                    ----- Dan




   Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM


   Guess who was a few hundred kilometres from
   Johannesberg, when RB was passing through?  You
   guessed it - 19 year old Nelson Mandela !

   I'm surprised that one of our early Prime Ministers
   was able to see exotic places, like the Nullabor Plain.


   Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

   Dear Dan,

   In 1936 RB was out to see the reality of the British
   Empire.  As for the Nullabor and the great railway,
   a decent history of Australia should give it to you,
   or better, Australian railways.  Still better, take the
   CPR from Calgary to Vancouver.  It was breathtaking
   in 1947 and still is, and far better than the Nullabor.
   The interior of Australia has to be seen to be

          Ever yours,

Monday, 20 January 2014



   Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 8:12 PM


   If RB had not pursued the idea of Canada being able
   to do things like "settle its own bank rate" - if the
   central bank idea did not become a reality till well
   after RB's would this have impacted
   the lives of ordinary Canadians?

   Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

   Dear Dan,

   In re bank rate:  prior to the Bank Of Canada, we
   had a very inelastic monetary system. 
   See Fullerton !

   Fullerton, Douglas H.  GRAHAM TOWERS AND HIS
       TIMES:  A BIOGRAPHY.  Toronto: 
       McClelland & Stewart 1986.

   [From the Bibliography of Peter Waite's book]

Saturday, 4 January 2014



    Peter Waite, ca. 1990's, walking in Opatije, on the
  northern Dalmatian coast.

  Fri, Sept 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM


  Congratulations on your generous donation of the
  PB Waite Papers!  [Saw reference to it, at the back
  of your book.]  I'll be taking a peek at that!

  Why do you think that RB was so much more 
  understood on Juniper Hill, than on Parliament
  Hill?  [Juniper Hill being the 96 acre estate near
  London, England, where RB spent his retirement
  years - well liked by his neighbours.]

  Fri, Sept 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

  Dear Dan,

  P.B. Waite Papers do exist both in PANS and at Dal,
  but are of little use at the moment:  the bulk of them
  are still at my house.  Be patient for a year or so.

  As for RB at Juniper Hill vs. Ottawa the answer,
  surely, is the weight, the constant, unceasing weight
  of responsibility.


Thursday, 2 January 2014



    Thu, Sept 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

   Dear Dan,

   How delightful that you have followed up Janie Carton!
   You and I are rivals; I rather took to her myself.  As for
   RB's replies if I had seen any I would certainly have
   included something of them.  As it is, all I have is her
   memory of his reply, " Be sure and come again when
   you can't stay quite so long! "  I knew nothing of her
   later career.  But I know nothing about Google-ing
   either.  But I have two talented daughters so your
   suggestion will be followed up.  I'm fond of children's
   books.  I have a good collection in both languages of
   Tin-tin.  I did a lot of reading with the girls at bedtime,
   ending up with Dickens.  We were ruthless about TV
   selection, but the 1969 moon walk was certainly an
   exception as were several BBC things on PBS.

          And many thanks for your most
          cherishable letter.



   Maybe Dr. Waite is new to GOOGLE-ling, BUT...he
   certainly is an authority on the traditional methods
   of academic research.  The above photo shows an
   item that may not be familiar to young students of
  today:  a card from a library's card catalogue!
  [No, I didn't steal it. :)  On the contrary, I saved it
   from a most undignified fate - a pile of these cards
   was offered up by a library, as scrap paper for the
   library's patrons.]

Friday, 13 December 2013


  Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 8:22 PM

  Hello, Peter!!

  Fascinating story about that tradition.  You were right
  about the effect.  I remember how the class became a
  bit more quiet, when you strode in without saying a
  word.  You looked stern, but, of course, we soon found
  out that you were anything but - your open, 
  approachable personality quickly became evident.
  [I suspect that the stern  look, was simply a byproduct
  of an early morning class, after a whole summer of
  waking up - whenever!]

  Charlton Heston.  That was my first impression, when I
  saw your profile, as you waited for the class to become
  silent.  A resemblance which came to mind, since
  MIDWAY had been in movie theatres just 6 years before.

  Jane Carton...besides RB, my favorite character in your
  book.  She was a bit of a flirt, but I sense that beneath
  this casual demeanour was a sensitive, intuitive woman.
  I'm sure that RB enjoyed her letters, BUT - I noticed
  that you did not include any of his responses!  [I hope
  they did not end up among the trees near UNB!]

  I heard her voice...on the internet...Jane Carton's.  I
  wanted to learn more about this very charming woman,
  so I went looking.  Maybe you know that her kids spent
  the war years in Ottawa.

  Just google the following, using quotation marks:

  "60 Going On 16:  Polly Carton's Garland"