1849 map showing the boundaries of the United Province of Canada, formed upon recommendation by Lord Durham, as well as indicating the state of the rest of what would become Canada at this time.
Sir John A. Macdonald, standing in his office (Watercolour by Charles Jeffreys)

Your existence as the first Representative Legislature of the United Colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island will be ephemeral. Another of the measures to which I have referred will be the cause of your own extinction and the substitution of a larger and differently constituted Legislative Body. But your Members may reflect with pride that to you has been confided the privilege of deciding upon the most important questions which have hitherto arisen, or are likely to arise for years to come, in the history of the Colony; to you belongs the honour of extending British American Confederation to the shores of the Pacific, and of cementing the foundations of a great and prosperous state, whose future promises to be enlightened and progressive.

Campaign poster for the 1878 federal election. The National Policy was John A. Macdonad’s platform of high tariffs, railroad construction, and increased western immigration which put back in power following the election of that year.
Prime Minister J. J. Abbott’s house on Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, photographed at the very end of the 19th century.

Who was…

Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper?

Charles Hibbert Tupper (1855-1927) was the son of Father of Confederation and Prime Minister Charles Tupper. Hibbert Tupper served in multiple Cabinets of the early Conservative prime ministers. He served as a Nova Scotian MP for 22 years, later moving to British Columbia where he would practice law for a number of years. For his part in the Bearing Sea Arbitration of 1893, Hibbert Tupper was rewarded with his knighthood by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria.

Kim Campbell's official portrait. Painted by artist David Goatley in 2004, the portrait hangs as the sole female face in the Prime Minister's gallery in Parliament 
John Diefenbaker flipping burgers at a party rally in Cloverdale, B.C. in 1967.
Richard Bedford Bennett

Sir John A. Macdonald and the Bottle

Sir John A. has always been remembered, fondly or not, for his alcoholism. Despite this,  Macdonald’s chronic dependence on the stuff was hardly a deterrent to the voters en mass, who themselves often likely heavy drinkers, save those who were wholly temperate. A common line of Sir John’s was that the people would prefer him drunk to his political foes sober.

One particular “incident” while Macdonald was highly intoxicated occurred while he was awaiting the arrival of the new governor general, the Marquess of Lorne. Upon their arrival from England, a messenger was sent to fetch the prime minister. The messenger burst into a room to find him lying inebriated on a bed. Macdonald’s response to the summons was to tipsily sit up, point one wrinkled finger at the caller and declare, “Vamoose from this ranch.”