George Brown & Sir John A.

November 29, 1818 - May 9, 1880
George Brown addressing an audience during an election campaign by Charles William Jefferys. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
George Brown addressing an audience during an election campaign by Charles William Jefferys. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Sir John A. had no greater foe than Liberal – or Reform as the party was known in the early days – leader George Brown of Toronto. He and his famed Globe newspaper were often thorns in Sir John A.'s side and there was no love lost between these two Fathers of Confederation. However, when Canada needed it most, Brown and Macdonald, briefly, put their dislike of each other aside and formed the Great Coalition that allowed Confederation to take place.