“Manulife Financial’s generous donation will allow our Commission to train and hire student tour guides who will lead Kingston’s popular Sir John A. Macdonald walking tour through Kingston’s historic downtown this summer,” said Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of the non-partisan, non-profit Commission. “It will also allow us to continue to offer the tour to school groups and provide support for special tours that will be led by distinguished Canadians in 2012. With the bicentennial of Sir John A.’s birth fast approaching in 2015, the walking tours are a key outreach tool the Commission is employing to raise awareness of the legacy of Canada’s Father of Confederation and Kingston’s most famous son.”
The 60 to 90-minute walking tours will operate daily in July and August 2012 and by appointment for schools and various other educational groups at convenient times outside of summer months.
In the past, these tours have also been led on special occasions by former Canadian Ambassador to Washington and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister Derek Burney, Senator Mike Duffy, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Senator Linda Frum, Professor Emeritus and former head of the CRTC John Meisel, TV Ontario’s Steve Paikin and former Ontario Premier Bob Rae.
On July 13, 1887, 125 years ago, Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald was elected President of the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company at the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the Company’s incorporation on June 23rd. He held the position until his death in 1891.
The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission was established in Kingston in 2010 to help coordinate and promote local, regional and national celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald in the years leading to and including 2015 and beyond to 2017, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada.
Macdonald was born in Scotland in 1815. He came to what is now Eastern Ontario with his family while a child and went on to become the leading figure in Confederation in 1867. He then served as Canada’s first Prime Minister between 1867 and 1873 and again from 1878 until his death in Ottawa on June 6, 1891.
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