The Fallout of the Royal Visit

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A picnic at Sloat's Lake near Sydenham, Township of Loughborough, 1861, by Thomas Burrowes. Source: Archives of OntarioPinterest
A picnic at Sloat's Lake near Sydenham, Township of Loughborough, 1861, by Thomas Burrowes. Source: Archives of Ontario

Following the disastrous visit to Kingston by the Prince of Wales, The Globe accused Macdonald of incompetence. Macdonald retaliated by heading off on an extended speaking tour throughout Canada West (now Ontario) in an attempt to establish himself as a man of the people. He attended picnics and visited farms. Everywhere he went he left audiences charmed. Once he climbed on top of a piece of farm machinery to give his address and when advised that he was standing on a manure spreader, a beaming Macdonald said, “This is the first time I've stood on a Liberal platform.”