George-Étienne Cartier on His Friendship with Sir John A.

1885
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.

Following Macdonald's appointment as Prime Minister in 1867, Cartier was his constant supporter until his own death in 1873. Wilfrid Laurier's laudatory speech on the occasion of Macdonald's death is matched by Macdonald's emotional tribute to Cartier on the occasion of the unveiling of monument to him on Parliament Hill in 1885: "he dealt out even justice to the whole people of Canada, without regard to race, origin or principles…I speak of him perfectly because I knew his great value as a friend. I loved him whilst he was living; I regretted and wept for him whilst he died…I can only conclude in the words of the song he used to sing to us so often when he was with us in society: 'Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, jamais je t'oublierai.'"