Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Little Known Facts...

...about Sir John A.:

10 things you didn’t know about Canada’s first prime minister

Some of these are downright hilarious. For example:

"The 1864 Charlottetown Conference that founded Canada was only supposed to include representatives of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, who were gathering to discuss forming a Maritime union. Sensing an opportunity to build a nation, Macdonald and his pro-Confederation allies sailed the steamship Queen Victoria from Quebec to P.E.I. and crashed the conference. Aided by $13,000 worth of champagne that he brought along to the party, Macdonald sweet-talked the Maritimers into expanding the union to become Canada in 1867."

So that's how Canada came into being. I wonder what would have happened had Sir John been a sober sort?

And this:
"With his rugged face and wild hair, Macdonald was a dead ringer for British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881). The resemblance was so uncanny, one official at Disraeli’s funeral in London mistook Macdonald for Disraeli’s ghost."

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