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Knights of the Steel Rails

Sir John Alexander Macdonald - (1815-1891)

Lawyer, businessman, politician and Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald came to Canada from Scotland when he was five. As prime minister, he had a dream: a railway that stretched from coast to coast. This dream became a promise when British Columbia joined Canada in 1871. It was a very expensive and difficult project. Macdonald gave it his support and helped to get further government money for the construction of the railway.

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