[photopress:Sir_John_A_Macdonald.JPG,thumb,right]If you blinked, you missed the one-day celebration in Canada of Sir John A Macdonald Day, held each year on January 11th.
Arthur Milnes is a staunch supporter of the annual day of recognition, even though the day doesn’t include time off from work. In fact, Milnes and family started a tradition they follow each year, inviting other Canadians to join them.
I’m with you Arthur. Keep up the good work.
If 2007 isn’t the year Canadians begin to take seriously Sir John A. Macdonald Day – named, of course, in honour of our first and founding prime minister – I don’t know what I’ll do. With visions of the pomp and splendour of former president Gerald Ford’s funeral south of the border fresh in my mind’s eye, I have to say our American neighbours could teach us a thing or two about celebrating our history and past leaders with style.
All the wonderful Americana I witnessed over the holidays, thanks to Ford, has made me jealous. This piece, after all, is about Canada and our Father of Confederation – Macdonald of Kingston – specifically. I am especially jealous today, Jan. 11, the day we are supposed to celebrate our Father of Confederation – Macdonald of Kingston – on this, his official birthday.