The 1844 Election Platform

October 14 & 15, 1844
Sir John A. Macdonald, date unknown. Source: Library and Archives CanadaPinterest
Sir John A. Macdonald, date unknown. Source: Library and Archives Canada

In 1844, an election was called in the Province of Canada. John A. stood as the Conservative candidate for Kingston. His platform was about building roads and infrastructure. The campaigning was intense and fuelled by alcohol. At 25 cents a gallon, the whiskey flowed as freely as the fists flew amongst the voters. On the voting days, October 14 and 15, 1844, the voters did not vote by secret ballots, but by shouting aloud their selections. John A. won the election and joined a Conservative minority government.