Macdonald’s Birthday

11 01 2010

John A. Macdonald, 1875. Image from Library and Archives Canada

Today isĀ  commonly regarded as the birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald. In honour of the day, Arthur Milnes, a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University, has published some thoughts on the state of Canadian political biography. As someone who will soon be teaching a course on the “Life and and Times of Sir John A. Macdonald”, I appreciate his call for the production of more political biography in Canada!

Milnes is a prolific author. Check out the list of his publications on

Update: Andrew Coyne has also published a few thoughts on Macdonald day.

I have uploaded a link to the draft of the syllabus of the “Life and Times of Macdonald” course. Please note that this isn’t the finalized version.