A Man of His Time

1815-2015
Sir John A Macdonald circa 1842 or 1843. Artist unknown. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Sir John A Macdonald circa 1842 or 1843. Artist unknown. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

The bicentenary of John Alexander Macdonald's birth in 2015 has prompted many assessments of his life, legacy and role. Some have focussed on him as an iconic figure in the national history. Others have highlighted his deficiencies and critiqued his errors from a presentist perspective that reviews his career from modern values and perspectives. For some, drunkenness, corruption and racism are to the fore. For others, he was a statesman whose leadership role in the creation of Canada should be remembered. For all, John A. Macdonald should be remembered as a man of his time.

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