George-Étienne Cartier & Sir John A. (colleagues)

1815-1873
Sir George Étienne Cartier by Notman & Son. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Sir George Étienne Cartier by Notman & Son. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier were close friends, political colleagues, and shared a vision of a continental Canada. Macdonald was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (Quebec and Ontario) in 1844 and Cartier in 1848. They served as joint premiers of the province from 1858 to 1862. While Cartier focussed initially on internal social reforms in Quebec, he was also a keen supporter of Macdonald's concept of nationhood. A fervent advocate of improved transport links between Quebec and the rest of the continent, he supported the Grand Trunk Railway and the railway bridge across the St. Lawrence River.