The Grand Trunk Railway Comes to Kingston

December 27, 1856
The former Grand Trunk Railway station at 810 Montreal Street, Kingston prior to the 1996 fire. Source: Canadian National Railways.Pinterest
The former Grand Trunk Railway station at 810 Montreal Street, Kingston prior to the 1996 fire. Source: Canadian National Railways.

Given John A. Macdonald's role in integrating the sea-to-sea nation by a continental railway, his reaction to the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway reflected his local, rather than national, priorities. The ceremony in Kingston on December 27, 1856 marked the arrival of the trains from Toronto and Montreal. It appears that, as Kingston's political representative, John A. was less than supportive of the event because of the negative impacts on his local community and constituency. He was re-elected a year later on Dec. 17, 1857 by 1,189 votes to nine.