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Happy Birthday Sir John A. Macdonald

Happy birthday to the Father of Confederation, our country’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Take a look at the By George Journal archive of posts on this storied man.   Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

10 Favourite Quotes of Sir John A. Macdonald

January 11th (Thursday) marks the birth date of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and a Father of Confederation. Here are 10 of By George’s favourite quotes. Politics is a game requiring great coolness and an utter abnegation of prejudice and personal feeling. There were, unfortunately, no great principles on which parties were divided – politics became a mere struggle for office. Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong. There may be obstructions, local differences may intervene, but it matters not — the wheel…

Great Quotes of Sir John A. Macdonald

. . . one people, great in territory, great in resources, great in enterprise, great in credit, great in capital. [a 1860 speech summed up his lifelong political creed and political goals] – Sir John A Macdonald If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.’…

Canada’s Prime Ministers on Politics

Sir John A. Macdonald is Canada’s first Prime Minister and a grand and colourful character whose accomplishments helped forged a nation from sea to sea.   Over the course of the next two months, we will focus on providing quotes from our country’s Prime Ministers. We begin with the quotes and quips of perhaps our greatest leader, Sir John A.: Politics is a game requiring great coolness. Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong. An election is like a horse-race, in that you can tell more…

Celebrating Sir John A.

Upon Sir John A. Macdonald’s death, (the soon-to-be Prime Minister) Wilfred Laurier paid tribute to him in the House of Commons (June 8, 1891): “The place of Sir John A. Macdonald in this country was so large and so absorbing that it is almost impossible to conceive that the politics of this country – the fate of this country – will continue without him. His loss overwhelms us. For my part, I say, with all truth, his loss overwhelms me, and that it also overwhelms this Parliament, as if indeed one of the institutions of the land had given way.…

Quotable quotes of Sir John A.

Here are but a few more memorable quotes to celebrate this great man’s life and accomplishments of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.’ God and nature made the two Canadas one—let no fractious men be…

Happy Birthday Sir John A. Macdonald!

    “If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.” Happy Birthday Sir John A.! We certainly miss your national vision and your leadership today. For more, click here to see the By George archived articles on this great man.    

A favourite Sir John A. cartoon

Sir John A. Macdonald is seen in this 1873 caricature as the heroic orator and leader Ulysses. With his remarkable face and colourful habits, our first Prime Minister was the favourite subject for many cartoonists of the day – all who held an admiration for the man. (Photo credit: National Archives)

3 favourite photos of Sir John A.

Canadians celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald’s birthday on Monday. In advance of this special day, By George is posting three of our favourite photos of Canada’s first Prime Minister.   Arms crossed – confident A visionary With walking stick & fur lined coat    (Photo credits: National Archives)

Happy Sir John A. Day!

This January 11, 2015 marks a special anniversary for our country: the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Since 2002, this day is set aside for Canadians to remember their first Prime Minister, one of the Fathers of Confederation. So it is fitting to that we take this occasion to highlight a few interesting facts and celebrate the man. Through the years, By George has lamented the ignored legacy of Sir John A in many of our posts (and we have tagged “John A. Macdonald“). We have compiled lists of his quotes and a few…