John A. at the Quebec Conference

October 1864
Title Page of the 72 Resolutions of the Quebec City Conference, October 10, 1864 with doodles by Sir John A. Macdonald. Source: Library and Archives Canada. Pinterest
Title Page of the 72 Resolutions of the Quebec City Conference, October 10, 1864 with doodles by Sir John A. Macdonald. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

It was at the Quebec Conference that Frances Monck, the governor general's niece, noted that Macdonald was always drunk and that he had been found in his hotel room, with a rug thrown over his nightshirt, practising Hamlet in a looking glass. Nonetheless, while he wasn't drinking and playing at being Hamlet, Macdonald was remarkably productive. In two weeks he drafted resolutions from the concepts raised at Charlottetown. These 72 resolutions, still largely in place today, outlined the division of powers and responsibilities between the provinces and the federal government.

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