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John A.: Birth of a Country (2011)

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 »

Director:

Jerry Ciccoritti

Writers:

Richard Gwyn (book), Bruce M. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Doyle ... John A. Macdonald
Peter Outerbridge ... George Brown
David La Haye ... George-Étienne Cartier
Aidan Devine ... Sandfield MacDonald
Michelle Nolden ... Anne Nelson Brown
Peter MacNeill ... Allan MacNab
Cedric Smith ... Governor General Edmund Head
Rob Stewart ... William McDougall
Ted Atherton ... Governor General Charles Monck
Patrick McKenna ... Alexander Galt
Steve Cumyn ... Spence
Neil Foster ... Speaker #2
Frank McAnulty Frank McAnulty ... Speaker #3
Jean-Michel Le Gal ... Antoine-Aimé Dorion
Christian Martyn ... 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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 September 2011 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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John A. Macdonald: It's Canada! Everything's in the middle of the wilderness!
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This Yank enjoyed it too
20 September 2011 | by greenbox91See 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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