In all things in life, it is always easier to do it the second time when someone else has already done it. Well, Sir John A. MacDonald was the 1st man to be appointed a prime minister of Canada and we can only imagine the courage it took, the challenges he faced. Below are some of his most iconic quotes.
1. If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.
2. Everyone admits that Union must take place sometime. I say now is the time.
3. Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong.
4. My sins of omission and commission I do not deny; but I trust that it may be said of me in the ultimate issue, ‘Much is forgiven because he loved much,’ for I have loved my country with a passionate love.
5. When a man has done me an evil turn once, I don’t like to give him the opportunity to do so twice.
6. Let us be French, let us be English, but most importantly let us be Canadian!
7. It must be an independent House, having a free action of its own, for it is only valuable as being a regulating body, calmly considering the legislation initiated by the popular branch, and preventing any hasty or ill considered legislation which may come from that body, but it will never set itself in opposition against the deliberate and understood wishes of the people.
8. Confederation is only yet in the gristle, and it will require five years more before it hardens into bone.
9. When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say We are going to have a summer shower.
10. As for myself, my course is clear. A British subject I was born – a British subject I will die. With my utmost effort, with my latest breath, will I oppose the ‘veiled treason’ which attempts by sordid means and mercenary proffers to lure our people from their allegiance.