It’s Sir John A.’s 200th anniversary and there are all kinds of special events planned. So make this the year for a trip to Kingston and be a part of Canadian history. Invite someone home and make it a celebration to remember. Create your postcard below and we’ll mail it to them for FREE! Let’s get started – create your postcard now.
Sir John A. Macdonald
As a Father of Confederation and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald has had a lasting impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians.
Sir John A. Macdonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada and truly a founding father. A proud Scottish highlander, he was responsible for uniting the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to form Canada in 1867, and then brought British Columbia, PEI and the Northwest Territories into the Canadian Federation.
He was a master of recognizing the human condition, and his wisdom in politics and his passion for Canada served to drive him and his ambitions for Canada at an astounding pace. His legacy includes the building otf the Trans-Canadian railroad, his deft handling of relations with the United States, rising to the challenge of the Northwest rebellion, and his delicate balancing of French and English interests.
But even the greatest of the greats don’t take themselves too seriously. Sir John A. wasn’t only a founding father of Canada, but he was a notorious partier who didn’t mind indulging in a drink or two. When heckled about his drinking, the quick-witted Macdonald shot back with “Yes, but the people would prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober.”
CANADA COMES HOME
2015 is an exciting year to visit Kingston! This year marks the bicentenary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth – due cause for a celebration of epic proportions all year long that the man himself would be proud to be a part of.
The City of Kingston (arguably) has the greatest claim to Macdonald, and as such, many special projects, programs and events are in the works throughout the year in Canada’s first capital to mark the occasion, start a conversation and of course – celebrate all things Sir John A. and the legacy he has left behind for Canadians!