Originally posted on June 7, 2011
The work of Kingston’s Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission was lauded in The Senate of Canada today. PEI Senator Mike Duffy, chose the anniversary of Sir John A’s death to remind Canadians of his role in building Canada and the efforts being made by the Commission to recognize Sir John A’s important place in our history.
Hon. Mike Duffy
Statement in the Senate
On the anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s death in 1891
Sir John A. Bicentennial Commission
Honourable Senators; I rise today to bring to the attention of the chamber that June 6th was the anniversary of the death of our first Prime Minister – the Grand Old Man – Sir John A Macdonald. During campaign appearances while on his way to winning his sixth Tory majority government in 1891, crowds shouted “Sir John A. – you’ll never die!” Honourable Senators, I am proud to report this prophecy continues to be accurate – particularly in Kingston, Ontario, the Canadian community Sir John A. Macdonald called home. Yesterday (June 6th) a large crowd gathered – as they do every year – at the quiet Kingston grave of Canada’s Father of Confederation. The annual ceremony, organized faithfully each year by the Kingston Historical Society, is both fitting and dignified. Members of the Society, including our colleague Hon. Hugh Segal, are to be commended for their work in hosting and organizing this annual Memorial Service to Sir John A.
As honourable Senators will be aware, the Bicentennial of the birth of our Father of Confederation is fast approaching. I am pleased to report to this Chamber that a non-profit, non-partisan Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission has been established in Kingston.