John A. Macdonald

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As for myself, my course is clear. A British subject I was born — a British subject I will die.

Sir John A. Macdonald (11 January 18156 June 1891) was the first Prime Minister of Canada. Macdonald served 19 years as Canadian Prime Minister, second to only William Lyon Mackenzie King.



  • I get sick … not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.
    • During the election of 1863, Sir John A. Macdonald threw up during a campaign speech and when his opponent pointed this out, Macdonald shot back with this answer. [1].
  • I must have another $10,000. Will be the last time of calling. Do not fail me. Answer today.
    • Telegram to Hugh Allan, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, six days before the 1872 election. The release of this telegram spurred the Pacific Scandal.
  • the Aryan races will not wholesomely amalgamate with the Africans or the Asiatics .. the cross of those races, like the cross of the dog and the fox, is not successful; it cannot be, and never will be.
  • As for myself, my course is clear. A British subject I was born — a British subject I will die. With my utmost effort, with my latest breath, will I oppose the ‘veiled treason’ which attempts by sordid means and mercenary proffers to lure our people from their allegiance.
    • February 3, 1891 as the 1891 election was called, fought largely over the issue of free trade with the United States; reported at Historic Canada.


  • Let us be English or let us be French... but above all let us be Canadians
  • Yes, but the people would prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober.
    • Responding to a heckler. (from John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard J. Gwyn).

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