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Sir John Alexander MacDonald - ‘Canada’s Patriot Statesman’

‘Confederation is only yet in the gristle, and it will require five years more before it hardens into bone.’
- John A. Macdonald

Early Life

Sir John Alexander MacDonald was a very influential political figure, originating from Scotland but carrying out his career in Canada. Being the first Prime-Minister of Canada, MacDonald spent the majority of his life living there, after he and his family migrated to Kingston in 1820. He was born in Glasgow on January 10th in 1815 and passed away on June 6th in 1891 due to a stroke. John Alexander MacDonald is thought to be one of the most important political men ever in Canada, he first came into power in 1867 and to this day his face still remains on the 10 dollar bill. In his early years he played a major part in transforming the old Tory party, which was based on narrow minded loyalist and Anglican values into a broader Conservative party that was willing to work with french-speaking Canadians in order to achieve the joining of all British North America. His personal life was not the happiest of those and was generally quite grim. MacDonald had to watch his first wife die slowly, see his son die as a baby as well as have a daughter born with Hydrocephalus. Because of this he often turned to drink to numb his pain and emotion, though this wasn’t good it was overlooked. During a campaign, Macdonald had had a little too much to drink and ended up throwing up on the platform. His opposition pointed towards him and said ‘Is this the man you want running your country, a drunker.’ From that it was obvious MacDonald’s drinking problem was a weakness however he cleverly got himself together and responded with ‘I get sick sometimes not because of drink or any other cause, except that I am forced to listen to the ranting of honourable opponent.’...

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