This short fiction film tells the story of John A. MacDonald’s rise to power. Canada’s first Prime Minister and one of the Fathers of the Confederation, MacDonald didn’t enjoy an easy political career. When he first shared his vision of a Dominion reaching from sea to sea – an audacious proposal regarded as uncertain even by his supporters – his opponents derided him. “The fox is out of tricks," they taunted. "Bankrupt of ideas, he offers us clouds." This film offers us a memorable flashback
Ages 11 to 18
History - Canada 1867-1914
History - Canada under British Rule (1764-1867)
History and Citizenship Education - Canadian Federation (1850-1929)
History and Citizenship Education - Imperialism and Colonization (1800s-1900s)
While watching the film, create a timeline of key events that take place in Macdonald’s life. Summarize the context in which the film begins. How does this impact Macdonald’s political career? Macdonald is a controversial person in Canada’s history, leading to recent removal of statues of him. Take time to research the following topics related to Macdonald: Indigenous Peoples (views on and policies towards); the Chinese Head Tax; the execution of Louis Riel; and the CPR scandal. Collect different quotations from leading historians on their views of Macdonald. How has historiography changed in light of recent social movements?