Wilfrid Laurier's Eulogy to Sir John A.

June 8, 1891
Sir John A. Macdonald's funeral procession on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, June 1891. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Sir John A. Macdonald's funeral procession on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, June 1891. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

In his eulogy to Sir John A., Wilfrid Laurier told the House of Commons, "it is almost impossible to convince the unwilling mind that Sir John Macdonald is no more, that the chair which we now see empty shall remain forever vacant, that the face, so familiar in this Parliament for the last forty years shall be seen no more, and that the voice so well-known shall be heard no more. In fact, the place of Sir John Macdonald in this country was so large and so absorbing that it is almost impossible to conceive that the fate of this country can continue without him. His loss overwhelms us."