In 2005 a non-partisan group of Kingston citizens from political, academic, artistic and tourism sectors, led by Arthur Milnes, began encouraging Canadian citizens and governments to recognize more fully the life and works of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s principal architect and founding Prime Minister.
In 2011 this group’s activities were formally merged with those of Kingston’s Macdonald Festival to operate as The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission to plan and organize a national celebration of Sir John A’s 200th birthday in 2015.
The Commission received start-up funding from corporations, foundation partners and private donors, all of whom are dedicated to celebrating our country’s heritage and Canadian heroes. The commission also received funding from all three levels of government and SALON Theatre.
No Canadian community is more closely associated with Sir John A. Macdonald than Kingston, Ontario. He came to Kingston as a boy in 1820 and was buried here in 1891. He left an indelible mark on Kingston as he did on the rest of Canada. It is impossible to discuss the history of either without invoking Macdonald’s name.
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