Special Sub-Topic: Canada's First Prime Minister
|What does the A. stand for in John A. Macdonald's name?|
Alexander. Alexander means "protector of man kind". He actually has the middle name Maxwell as well, but it isn't often mentioned.
|What was Macdonald's occupation before becoming Prime Minister?|
lawyer. After six years of school, Macdonald began an apprenticeship in a lawyer's office at fifteen. Many prime ministers of Canada were lawyers prior to their entry into politics.
|Where was John A. Macdonald born?|
Glasgow,Scotland. John A. was born in Glasgow, but he emigrated to Kingston during his childhood. He was raised in Kingston, and buried there as well.
|Since Canada is a bilingual nation, the answers of this question are in French. Which of these policies did John. A. MacDonald support?|
La Politique Nationale. 'Politique Nationale' means National Policy. It involved three elements; colonizing Western Canada, building a railroad, and creating tariffs.
|Which of these scandals was John A. Macdonald involved with? |
The Pacific Scandal. In April of 1873, Sir John A. Macdonald's government was charged with accepting illicit funds from Sir Hugh Allan. In return for these payments, Allan was promised that he would be given the contract to construct the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway. This was known as the Pacific Scandal and cost Macdonald the 1874 election.
|Who defeated John A Macdonald in the 1874 Canadian general election?|
Alexander Mackenzie. Macdonald lost in 1874, but he was elected back into leadership in the 1878 election. He was the only Canadian Prime Minister to win six majority governments.
|Which of these came into existence during the term of Macdonald?|
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Canada's National Health Care policy came into existence during the term of Lester B. Pearson, and Wilfrid Laurier was in office during the Boer War.
|Of which Canadian Political Party was John A. Macdonald the Leader?|
Liberal-Conservative. The Liberal-Conservative party later became the Conservative party.
|Who said the following quote? "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 political life of this country can continue without him."|
Wilfrid Laurier. Ironically, Wilfrid Laurier was once the political enemy of John A. MacDonald. Laurier later became Prime Minister himself.
|When John A. Macdonald died in 1891, who was his successor?|
Sir John Abbott. When he died in 1891, John A. Macdonald left no obvious successor. Senator Sir John Abbott was chosen by the Conservative caucus in the Canadian Parliament to replace Macdonald for the time being.
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