Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 10, 2008 19:59 ET

Statement by the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity) on Sir John A. Macdonald Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2008) - It is with great pleasure that I extend my best wishes to Canadians on Sir John A. Macdonald Day.

John Alexander Macdonald was a remarkable individual whose intelligence and foresight were vital to forging the strong and independent country of which we are so proud today. Sir John A. Macdonald was the leading personality and guiding spirit of our country in and out of the office of prime minister for the better part of two decades.

Sir John A. Macdonald was instrumental in bringing the British North American colonies into the Dominion of Canada in 1867 and was a major force behind the building of a transcontinental railway that would tie the east to the west of Canada, and the development of insightful economic policies that would promote development and trade within this country as a means of strengthening the confederation.

The genius of his statecraft was anchored in his appreciation of Canada's dual French and English foundations, which long predated 1867 and which are allied to our 1,000 year-old monarchical tradition.

By recognizing Sir John A. Macdonald Day, we are commemorating an individual who played an integral role in the foundation of our country and whose dedication to the expansion of our fledgling Dominion-a Canadian empire of our own-established him for all posterity as our founding father.

As Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), I encourage Canadians to learn more about the important legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister and one of our most colourful Fathers of Confederation.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP,
    Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)
    Alykhan Velshi
    Director of Communications