Special Features

24th Canadian Ministry – Who’s still kicking around, and who’s not…As of March 2, 2024

Brian Mulroney (1938-2024): Prime Minister

George Hees (1910-1996): Veterans affairs; MP, 1950-88; Diefenbaker cabinet minister

Duff Roblin (1917-2010): Senate Government Leader, Manitoba Premier 1958-67

Joe Clark (b.1939): External Affairs; fmr. PM ; fmr. PC leader 1998-2003

Flora MacDonald (1926-2015): Employment & Immigration

Erik Nielsen (1924-2008): Deputy PM, Privy Council President; MP, 1957-87; brother of comedian Leslie Nielsen

John Crosbie (1931-2020): Justice, Attorney-General; NL Lieu. Gov. 2008-13

Roch LaSalle (1928-2007): Public Works

Don Mazankowski (1935-2020): Transport

Elmer MacKay (b.1936): Solicitor General; Father to Peter MacKay; fmr. PC leader

Jake Epp (b.1939): Health & Welfare

John Fraser (b.1931): Fisheries & Oceans

Sinclair Stevens (1927-2016): Regional Industrial Expansion

John Wise (1935-2013): Agriculture

Ray Hnatyshyn (1934-2002): Government House Leader; Governor-General

David Crombie (b.1936): Indian Affairs, Northern Development

Robert René de Cotret (1944-1999): Treasury Board

Perrin Beatty (b.1950): Revenue; Pres. CEO CBC

Michael Wilson (1937-2019): Finance; Cdn Ambassador to USA 2006-09

Robert Coates (1928-2016): Defence; MP 1957-88

Jack Murta (b.1943): Multiculturalism

Harvie Andre (1940-2012): Supply & Services

Otto Jelinek (b.1940): Fitness & Amateur Sport

Tom Siddon (b.1941): Science & Technology

Charles Mayer (b.1936): Wheat Board

Bill McKnight (1940-2019): Labour

Walter McLean (b.1936): Secretary of State

Tom McMillan (b.1945): Tourism

Pat Carney (1935-2023): Energy; Senator 1990-2008

André Bissonnette (b.1945): Small Business

Suzanne Blais-Grenier (1936-2017): Environment

Benoit Bouchard (b.1940): Minister of State for Transport

Andrée Champagne (1939-2020): Youth

Michel Côté (b.1942): Consumer & Corporate Affairs

James Kelleher (1930-2013): International Trade

Bob Layton (1925-2002): Mines; Father to fmr NDP leader Jack Layton

Marcel Masse (1936-2014): Communications

Barbara McDougall (b.1937): Minister of State for Finance

Gerald Merrithew (1931-2004): Forestry

Monique Vézina (b.1935): External Relations

A rather dire clipping about Hamilton’s downtown that I came across back in 2018 while rummaging through old Spectator files when there was a newspaper library and an office where this stuff was kept. It’s now in the hands of the Hamilton Public Library. The date of the clipping is June 26, 1962. It was an alarming expose into the future of the downtown and a precursor to a development that promised transformational progress that the city had never before seen: a downtown shopping mall: aka Jackson Square…*groans*… Click on the image for the full page account:

Urban decay, downtown hamilton, June 20, 1962

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Where are they now?

The 22nd Canadian ministry was the second cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. It governed Canada from 3 March 1980 to 30 June 1984, including most of the 32nd Canadian Parliament.

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau poses with his new cabinet after swearing-in ceremonies.

Back row, left to right: 

*Mark MacGuigan, (1931 – 1998) Secretary of State for External Affairs 1980-1982; Minister of Justice and Attorney General 1982-1984 

Hazen Argue, (1921 – 1991) Minister of State, Canada Wheat Board 1980-1984;

Charles Lapointe, (b.1944) Minister of Supply and Services 1983-1984;

Pierre De Bane, (1938 – 2019) Minister of Regional Economic Expansion 1980-1982; Minister of Fisheries and Oceans 1982-1984; Senator 1984-2013

Jean-Jacques Blais, (b.1940) Minister of Supply and Services 1980-1983; Minister of National Defence 1983-1984;

*John Roberts, (1933 – 2007) Minister of the Environment 1980-1983; Minister of State for Science and Technology 1980-1984; Minister of Employment and Immigration 1983-1984

*Donald Johnston, (1936 – 2022) President of the Treasury Board 1980-1982; Minister of State for Economic Development 1982-1983; Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development 1983-1984

Ray Perrault, (1926 – 2008) Leader of the Government in the Senate 1980-1982; 

Ed Lumley, (b.1939) Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion 1982-1983; Minister of Regional Economic Expansion 1982-1983; Minister of Industry, Trade, and Commerce 1982-1984

Marc Lalonde, (1929 – 2023) Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources 1980-1982; Minister of Finance 1982-1984; 

William Rompkey, (1936 – 2017) Minister of National Revenue 1980-1982;

Romeo LeBlanc, (1927 – 2009) Minister of Fisheries and Oceans 1980-1982; Minister of Public Works 1982-1984; Governor-General 1995-1999

Pierre Bussieres, (1939 – 2014) Minister of National Revenue 1982-1984;

Monique Begin, (1936 – 2023) Minister of National Health and Welfare 1980-1984;

Jim Fleming, (1939 – 2023) Minister of State, Multiculturalism 1980-1983

Francis Fox, (b. 1939) Secretary of State for Canada 1980-1981; Minister of Communications 1980-1984

Gilles Lamontagne, (1919 – 2016) Acting Minister of Veterans Affairs 1980-1981; Minister of National Defence 1980-1983; Lt. Gov Quebec 1984-1990

Robert Kaplan, (1936 – 2012) Solicitor General 1980-1984;

Gerald Regan, (1928 – 2019) Minister of Labour 1980-1982; Secretary of State for Canada 1981-1982; Minister of State for International Trade 1983-1984;

Paul Cosgrove, (b.1934) Minister of Public Works 1980-1982; 

Judy Erola, (b. 1934) Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs 1983-1984;

Yvon Pinard, (b.1940) President of the Privy Council 1980-1984;

Lloyd Axworthy, (b. 1939) Minister of Employment and Immigration 1980-1983; Minister of Transport 1983-1984;

Front row, left to right:

Herb Gray, (1931 – 2014) Minister of Industry, Trade, and Commerce 1980-1982; Minister of Regional Economic Expansion 1982; President of the Treasury Board 1982-1984;

*Eugene Whelan, (1924 – 2013) Minister of Agriculture 1980-1984;

*Jean Chretien, (b.1934) Minister of State for Social Development 1980-1982; Minister of Justice and Attorney General 1980-1982; PM 1993-2003

Allan MacEachen, (1921 – 2017) Deputy Prime Minister 1980-1984; Minister of Finance 1980-1982; Secretary of State for External Affairs 1982-1984; Senator 1984-1996

Pierre Trudeau, (1919 – 2000) Prime Minister 1980-1984;

Edward Schreyer, (b.1935) Governor-General 1979-1984

Jean-Luc Pepin, (1924 – 1995) Minister of State for External Relations 1980-1984; Minister of Transport 1980-1983; Minister responsible for La Francophonie 1983-1984;

*John Munro, (1931 – 2003) Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development 1980-1984;

H. A. (Bud) Olson, (1925 – 2002) Minister of State for Economic Development 1980-1982; Leader of the Government in the Senate 1982-1984; Lt Gov. Alberta 1996-2000

Andre Ouellet, (b. 1939) Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs 1980-1983; Postmaster General 1980-1981; Minister of Labour 1983-1984;

Daniel MacDonald, (1918 – 1980) Minister of Veterans Affairs 1980;

*Ran for leadership of the Liberal party in 1984

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2022 marked the 25 year milestone since officially beginning my role on July 7, 1997, as staff editorial cartoonist at The Hamilton Spectator. Previous to then my illustrations regularly appeared on a freelance basis in this paper as well as several other newspapers and magazines across Canada and the United States. I had been editorial cartoonist for the chain of Hamilton area community newspapers known as Brabant, and I got my first start as a published cartoonist as a student at The Fulcrum, while attending the University of Ottawa in the late 1980s and early 90s. Visitors here will know thousands of my cartoons can be mined in searches from this very website. Upon being hired 6000 editorial cartoons or so ago, the Internet was in its infancy, so while all of my cartoons may be found after 2000, ones before then have been added years after they originally appeared in print. Thoughts of putting together a print catalogue book going back several decades are always swirling in the background as a possibility of happening until they aren’t. So until then, folks will just have to settle for nostalgic MacKay cartoons from tablet glass through my vast archives instead of paperback. So many cartoons from the biggest characters from the past quarter century…

Hamilton Spectator Editorial Page – July 9, 1997


OntarioGG22 | CanadaGG22 | The WorldGG22 | 25th Anniversary


December 24, 2021

An illustration better seen in a wider format. This accompanied a piece reviewing the first year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Zoomable map of Hamilton from the air in 1954

As you may already know, I love maps! Here’s two maps of my hometown of Hamilton, including the surrounding towns of Waterdown, Dundas, Ancaster, and Stoney Creek, from the University of Toronto Map and Data Library pieced together for a fuller picture. Click to zoom in for a closer look.

Sketch summary from the VP debate of the 2020 U.S. Election

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Sketch summary from the First debate of the 2020 Presidential Election

Tuesday September 29, 2020

These were the moments that defined President Trump’s first presidential debate against Joe Biden.

Joe Biden faced a barrage of attacks from President Trump, but he fired back several times in ways that drifted outside expectations.

Highlights from the 2020 Republican National Convention

Highlights from Monday night, August 24, 2020

Highlights from Tuesday night, August 25, 2020

Highlights from Wednesday night, August 26, 2020

Highlights from Thursday night, August 27, 2020

I sketched highlights from the DNC and RNC conventions in 2016 as well.

Highlights from the 2020 Democratic National Convention

August 17 to 20, 2020

Highlights from Monday night, August 17, 2020

NYT: Full D.N.C. Recap: Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama and More

Highlights from Tuesday night, August 18, 2020

NYT: Democratic Convention: Best and Worst Moments of Night 2

Highlights from Wednesday night, August 19, 2020

NYT: Democratic Convention: Best and Worst Moments of Night 3

Highlights from Thursday night, August 20, 2020

I sketched highlights from the DNC and RNC conventions in 2016 as well.

Special Features: Graphics that scream out full screen attention

‘It’s like they made the whole thing up’

The Tiger-Cats, the Argos and their colourful fans provide a 2020 Labour Day Classic completely unlike any before

August 20, 2014

Unless Labour Day is part of your geographic and cultural DNA you’d never assume that a single play more than 30 minutes from the end, could determine the final outcome.

Especially when the margin of victory was the minimum one point and the combined score — Hamilton 57, Toronto 56 — was the highest in CFL in history.

But that’s why when we assume on Labour Day, it makes an ass out of u and me, and not just the Toronto Argonauts. 

There were the Argos presuming they could finally add another chapter to the one of the shortest sports books ever written: Great Argonaut Labour Days. But the smug smell of football assumptions turns into a performance-enhancing drug when the Ticats and their fans inhale even a whiff of it.

Toronto captains Joe Krol had correctly predicted Vic Copps’ coin toss to get the northern gale at their backs for the long fourth quarter, a win-advisory in itself. Ever since Environment Canada designated the stadium a National Wind Tunnel, games have been divided into two distinct personalities: you can score with the wind but not into it.

Which is where the final minute of the first half takes over the story of the 50th Labour Day Classic.

With the Argos riding first-quarter wind advantage to a stunning 44-12 lead, they confidently lined up for a short field-goal attempt into the wind from the Hamilton 20-yard-line. Even a single point would make it a five-score game, and it’s over.

High in the open grandstand, man of the of the people and former Argos owner John Candy, was whooping it up beside his glum Hamilton-raised SCTV buddies Martin Short, Dave Thomas and Eugene Levy, egging on the surly citizens who love him every day but this one.

“I think you meant ‘Don’t Suck!’” he yelled. 

Bad karma, John-Boy.

July 9, 2014

The snap from Norm Stoneburgh, Royal Copeland’s hold, the Lance Chomyc’s powerful swing, the ball soaring 50 feet into the air like a helium balloon … then abruptly plummeting like a lead one as it caught the head wind.

“ I thought I was back in Guelph,” Ticat lineman Mike Filer said.

“I thought I was back in the ’65 Grey Cup,” the Argos’s Dave Raimey and Ticats’ Ellison Kelly said in unison.

Speedy Banks thought he was in returner’s heaven. He caught the ball like an infield fly, dashed past 12 frozen Argos then zigzagged into the South End zone around members of the Ticats Cheer Team who’d prematurely hit the field.

After Troy Davis pounded in the two-point convert everyone, including the instantly-paranoid Argos, knew things had completely changed. Down only 24? On Labour Day? Got ‘em right where we want ‘em.

As Banks tore into the end zone, Evelyn Dick — a season’s ticket holder since the 1950s — dressed all in black screamed with innocent joy.

“I was absolutely out of my head,” she said. then paused “ … just like my husband.”

She was joined in her private box by Johnny Papalia who, like a lot of folks in the Murderer’s Row suites, was there in hologram form only. Deeply-experienced in gory history, they knew what was coming next for the Argos. Down the hall, though, blissfully unaware Toronto mayors Rob Ford, John Tory and Nathan Phillips gloated it over Hamilton’s Lloyd Jackson, Bob Morrow, and Fred Eisenberg.

“They’re just like the fans,” grumbled Ticat owner Harold Ballard. “You can’t get the $#%&*’s to come to regular games, but discounts on Labour Day? You can’t get rid of them.”

Just five minutes before Banks’ 109-yard return Ballard had spontaneously sold the Ticats to Bob Young, muttering “maybe this tech nerd can save them.”

Young immediately asked the Argos to immediately sell him Pinball Clemons for the second half. Clemons had already scored touchdowns in three different ways — by run, by catch and by grinning — but Ticat front office interns, Shawn Burke and Drew Allemang, gently explained why it was against CFL rules.

November 28, 2014

“What kind of business model is that?” Young asked.

By the end of the intermission, Young’s right hand man Scott Mitchell had bought back the stadium naming rights from Krispy Kreme and sold them for five times as much to Ron Joyce and Tim Horton, and through commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s CFL 2.0 Japanese connections, had positioned Hamilton as the default site if Tokyo can’t stage the 2021 Olympics.

Banks’ wind-aided home run sent anticipatory adrenalin surging through the entire stadium, including the halftime massed choir and orchestra. When Crowbar, Terra Lightfoot, Junk House, Frankie Venom and Teenage Head, Arkells, Monster Truck, Garnett and Stan Rogers, and Neil Peart struck their first note, conductor Boris Brott’s glasses disintegrated.

And, over the next 30 minutes, so did the Argonauts. 

The Argos crumbled under a revived and ferocious Hamilton defence, and did not score a second-half point while touching the ball. Ralph Sazio surrendered six safety touches. “Not my first rodeo,” the Ticats’ head coach growled.

Tobin Rote who had combined with Flutie for five touchdown passes in the opening 30 minutes, soon left the game, missing a part of his left ear later found embedded in Angelo Mosca’s face mask.

Meanwhile Danny McManus and Bernie Faloney, sacked a combined eight times in the first half, threw only one incompletion and an interception in the second, while flinging surgical touchdown passes to Hal Patterson, Earl Winfield and Banks. They controlled the clock against the wind too handing off to Willie Bethea, Lee Knight and Bernie Custis, the only guy in the game with a school named after him.

Banks added a punt-return major to his missed field goal and reception touchdowns and scored again when he recovered a fourth-quarter fumble by Dickie Thornton, whose interception seconds earlier should have locked it up, again, for the Argos.

And late in the fourth quarter, Banks lined up deep in the backfield and as Joe Zuger’s punt hit the stiff breeze, caught it on the fly and ran 65 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was his fifth different method of scoring, equalling in one game the CFL season record set by Ticat Marcus Thigpen.

The Argos still had one last chance, with the wind, at victory. But Garney Henley stepped in front of Mookie Mitchell to pick off Flutie and it was all done. The Ticats outscored Toronto 45-12 in the second half, enough by just one point.

The visuals painted the entire picture. Every Box J Boy, tailgating since Sunday, rendered totally limp; Henley and Banks buried under an avalanche of fans, Custis and Toronto’s Uly Curtis walked off arm in arm; brilliant Argo linebacker Mike O’Shea’s shoulders slumped in dejection, as he stood exactly where he had whenever he wasn’t on the field — which almost the entire second half — on the sidelines, distanced from his safety-conscious teammates, while a ReStore employee picked up the hundreds of tiny batteries Ticats fans had lobbed at him.

What if, he was probably wondering, that first-half place kick hadn’t hit a wall of wind? 

He’ll never know, what if, and neither will we because the 50th Labour Day Classic goes into the books just like another 35 before it. Ho-hum, just another win for the Town Team. (Steve Milton – Hamilton Spectator)

Pandemic Clippings from 1918-1920

Random snippets from mostly U.S. newspapers.  It’s interesting how familiar some of the stories from 100 years ago resemble those from 2020. If the print is too small to read simply click on the clipping.