Premier John P. Robarts Announces the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway

January 11, 1965

John P. Robarts, who celebrated his birthday on January 11 as John A. did, is widely considered one of Ontario's most successful Premiers. He is important to the Macdonald story because, in the 1960s, his government declared the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A., in 1965, to be a priority for celebration. It was here in Kingston, on January 11, 1965, that Premier Robarts announced that Highway 401 would forever be known as the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway to honour Sir John A. and his partnership, that helped create Canada, with Cartier of Quebec.