His private life was full of tragedy and sorrow. He watched for more then a decade while his first wife, desperately ill, died slowly. His son died as a baby and his daughter was born with Hydrocephalus which caused a swelling of the brain and brain damage. He would return late at night from a session in the commons to hold and rock his little baby girl to sleep.
It is little wonder, in his day and age, that he sometimes turned to the bottle for solace. The public however was quite tolerant of his indulgence and Macdonald himself often claimed that the public quite frankly preferred John A. During a campaign speech, after a particularly long evening he was unable to hold his own and threw up on the back of the platform. His opponent pointed and said "Is this the man you want running your country, a drunker. He grew up under stressful financial circumstances and by fifteen was out working and soon thereafter was articling at a law firm.
He answered the call in when William Lyon Mackenzie lead the march on York and tried to upset the family compact. In when Upper and Lower Canada set up a joint legislative assembly, Macdonald opposed this union and also spoke out against expanding the union to the Maritimes.
He joined the joint Canadian parliament in and supported the conservative forces in the house. Macdonald realized that the governing power in the joint Canada House would have to be a wide coalition of interests and beliefs. Macdonald was very open to dealing and ruling with the Lower Canadian population, be they English or French. He developed a great ally in George Etienne Cartier who led the Lower Canadian section of their party supporters.
By the forces, which would lead to the greater Canadian Confederation, were well under way. The American Civil War raged across the great landscape of the United States and the political philosophy of American federalism was becoming well established. It also presented the British Colonies in North America with a frightening specter of a huge standing army south of the boarder that could easily roll into Canada and the Maritimes and swallow them up with little trouble.
George Brown at that point rose to the occasion and offered Macdonald the opportunity to forma coalition government. The offer was accepted under the leadership of Sir Etienne Tache and the movement towards confederation had begun. The leaders of the movement, with John A Macdonald at the forefront sailed to Prince Edward Island in and meet with the maritime leaders who themselves were looking at their own union.
With Champaign and banqueting as their allies, Macdonald and company managed to convince enough of those assembled at Charlottetown that a grander Canadian Union would be the answer.
They agreed to reassemble at Quebec City and the Quebec resolutions were hammered out which would form the basis of the new Canadian Confederation or the British North America Act. The story focuses primarily on three politicians: John A. Macdonald and Brown not only oppose each other politically - doing whatever needed to gain control over the other - but also refuse to deal with the other solely because of who the other is as a person.
Written by Huggo. Canadians in general are woefully ignorant of our history. I've seen repeated surveys suggesting that most high school students in this country have no clue who Canada's first prime minister was, and those who are willing to take a guess are more likely to say "George Washington" than anything else.
voicioceatora.tk So, setting everything and anything else aside, "John A. The film explores the early career of Canada's first prime minister - Sir John A. Macdonald played by Shawn Doyle - in the years before the Dominion of Canada existed, and traces the development of sentiment in favour of a confederation of all British North American colonies within the United Province of Canada what would, after Confederation in , become the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
The history is there, and the factors that led to the perceived need for confederation are presented: political paralysis and a revolving door of governments, English-French rivalry, threats of American annexation and a lack of interest in the colony from London all made some new constitutional arrangement necessary. Macdonald needed to build a coalition that went beyond his own party to accomplish his dream; to do that he needed to first sell Cartier on his plan to get the French wing of his party onside, then he had to sell Brown on his plan, convincing him to potentially sacrifice his credibility by joining Macdonald across the aisle and turning his back on his own party's leadership.
There was a pretty good portrayal of the political machinations involved in getting this proposal off the ground. All that was very interesting. And yet, at times this seemed a bit dry - it lacked passion. The passion grew as the film went on, and Macdonald's final words to the Assembly certainly qualified as passionate.
One couldn't possibly come away from this doubting Macdonald's commitment to Canada - and to a greater Canada. Still, at times the heart seemed lacking in this production. It was good and it was educational. Macdonald didn't come across as the colourful character I was anticipating. Yes, there were a couple of political brawls, and some scenes of him drunk, but mostly he came across as a politician quite comfortable both in the public eye and in the baser work of the backrooms - which he undoubtedly was - but he honestly didn't come across here as especially interesting.
Shawn Doyle put a lot of effort into the title role, but I'm not sure he really managed to draw me in to his portrayal of Macdonald. Other performances in this were fine. The film both begins and ends in , so the negotiations with the other colonies that led to Confederation aren't featured. This is simply about the situation within the United Province of Canada that finally led to those negotiations. As the film starts, George Brown walks into the chamber, and everything rests on whether or not he'll side with Macdonald. As he enters, the movie goes back 8 years and begins to show how events led to this point.
The film then ends back in the chamber, with Brown explaining his decision. It's a worthy project indeed, and I appreciated the CBC's willingness to air this. Given the general apathy in this country for our own history, I doubt it will turn out to have been a huge ratings winner, and in truth it may not have been the greatest film ever made. But it deals with an important subject and an important figure at least a subject and figure that should be of importance to Canadians.
For that - I say bravo! Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! A square outside of Union Station Toronto will be named in his honour.
A memorial was erected around on the front buttress of St David's Church on Ingram Street in Glasgow next to the Ramshorn Cemetery , near his birthplace in Glasgow. In a statue of Macdonald was removed from outside Victoria City Hall , as part of the city's program for reconciliation with local First Nations. But he built the country on the backs of the Indigenous people'.
Conservative Senator Hugh Segal believes that Macdonald's true monument is Canada itself: "Without Macdonald we'd be a country that begins somewhere at the Manitoba-Ontario border that probably goes throughout the east. We'd be buying our oil from the United States. It would diminish our quality of life and range of careers, and our role in the world would have been substantially reduced. Swainson suggests that Macdonald's desire for a free and tolerant Canada became part of its national outlook: "He not only helped to create Canada, but contributed immeasurably to its character.
His accomplishments were staggering: Confederation above all, but almost as important, if not more so, extending the country across the continent by a railway that was, objectively, a fiscal and economic insanity On the ledger's other side, he was responsible for the CPR scandal, the execution of Louis Riel, and for the head tax on Chinese workers. He's thus not easy to scan.
His private life was mostly barren. Macdonald was awarded the following honorary degrees :.
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