Sir John A. Macdonald: The Greatest Canadian
Sir John A. Macdonald’s strong leadership skills and accomplishments contribute to how Canada is a great nation by, becoming the first prime minister, forming Canada into one country and arguing for women’s rights. He successfully maintained the country, even though he had many hardships. Macdonald was one the most important people in Canadian politics.
Firstly, Macdonald had set a precedent when he became the first prime minister of Canada (Johnson SUMM 1). That gave other prime ministers a guideline to follow in his footsteps and to continue his excellent legacy. In the election of 1854: “… he was involved in the creation of a new political alliance, the Liberal-Conservative Party…” (John A Macdonald …show more content…
Macdonald: “…was the world’s first national leader to try to grant women the right to vote” (Gwyn SQ 2). He said: “that this country should have the honour of first placing woman in the position that she is certain, after centuries of oppression, to obtain” (Gwyn SQ 3). Macdonald believed that everyone should have the right to vote, no matter what their gender was and believed in feminism, equality of all people. He had the passion and perseverance to get the bill passed but did not have the support to do so. Between 1883 and 1885, Sir John A. presented three suffrage bills for women’s rights and they were all turned down (Gwyn SUMM 6). Macdonald cared about the voting of First Nations as well because he made a bill and it was passed that First Nations could vote without having to give up their citizenship as an Aboriginal (Gwyn SUMM 7). Overall, he cared about the people as a whole, instead of individual groups getting special treatment and benefits.
Sir John A. Macdonald’s successful role as a leader, his achievements and his devotion to Canada is why it is such a great country today because he was the first prime minister, which gave the rest of the prime ministers a standard to follow, developed Canada into one united country and was a spokesperson for giving women the right to