Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission

Hello from Kingston, Ontario and the non-profit, non-partisan Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission!

As you know,

Canada’s first and founding Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, was born in the UK, in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1815. He and his family came to Upper Canada in 1820.

Led by our Patron, the Honourable Peter Milliken, the longest-serving Speaker in Canadian
history, and with all six living former Prime Ministers, joined by Sir John Major of the United Kingdom, serving proudly as our Honorary Commissioners, we are already well into planning events, discussions and celebrations along the road to January 2015 and Macdonald Bicentennial day.

As Commissioner, I believe strongly that the Macdonald Bicentennial provides a unique
opportunity to foster even closer ties between Canada and the UK. As a result I want to invite
you and members to visit our website,, perhaps sign up for our newsletter, and become involved in our work.  Perhaps the Commission and your stellar organizations could work together in partnership to help mark this significant event.  Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

With warm regards,
Arthur Milnes
Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission