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John A.: Birth of a Country (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  19 September 2011 (Canada)
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The political manoeuvrings in the ten or so years in the legislature of the Province of Canada, comprised of the former Upper Canada and Lower Canada, leading up to the confederation of ... See full summary »

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John A. Macdonald
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George Brown
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George-Étienne Cartier
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Sandfield MacDonald
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Anne Nelson Brown
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Allan MacNab
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Governor General Edmund Head
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William McDougall
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Governor General Charles Monck
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Alexander Galt
Steve Cumyn ...
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Neil Foster ...
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Frank McAnulty ...
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Antoine-Aimé Dorion
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Hugh John Macdonald
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The political manoeuvrings in the ten or so years in the legislature of the Province of Canada, comprised of the former Upper Canada and Lower Canada, leading up to the confederation of British North American colonies into one country called Canada in 1867, are presented. The story focuses primarily on three politicians: John A. Macdonald who during that time would assume the leadership of the Conservative Party, his Québec leader George-Étienne Cartier, and George Brown, who is leader of the Liberal Party during much of this time and who is owner of the Globe newspaper in Toronto. Macdonald and Brown not only oppose each other politically - doing whatever needed to gain control over the other - but also refuse to deal with the other solely because of who the other is as a person. Beyond their battles, they also have to contend with the continuing problems of how to deal with the English/French divide in the Upper Canada/Lower Canada union, with the provincial capital moving between ... Written by Huggo

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John A. Macdonald: It's Canada! Everything's in the middle of the wilderness!
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20 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The history of Canada may not be the average Canadian's strong point, but it's a total mystery to the average citizen of the US. This made-for-TV movie manages to cover an important development with enough clarity to serve Canadian History 101 without being so elementary as to bore those who have a reasonable knowledge of the subject. To cover the important details of events transpiring over 8 years in a 91 minute film while maintaining dramatic pacing is no easy task but this film accomplishes it with enough interest to send viewers to the history books to find out more. I'm hoping it could be expanded to a mini-series. (I recall a mini-series of several decades past starring William Hutt as John A. Macdonald in the story of the building of Canada's transcontinental railroad and it was fascinating.) I do hope the CBC will give us more.


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