Sir John Alexander Macdonald was the dominant creative mind which produced the British North America Act and the union of provinces which became Canada. As the first prime minister of Canada, he oversaw the expansion of the Dominion from sea to sea. His government dominated politics for a half century and set policy goals for future generations of political leaders.
Louis d'Ailleboust de Coulonge et d'Argentenay, governor of New France 1648-51 (b at Ancy-le-Franc, France 1612?; d at Montréal May 1660). He was a nobleman and military engineer who sailed in 1643 to play a leading role in the newly established Catholic outpost of Ville-Marie (Montréal).
Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside, academic, public servant, diplomat (b at Toronto 7 July 1898; d 27 Sept 1992). Only 7 months after joining the Dept. of External Affairs in September 1928, Keenleyside was posted to Tokyo 1929-36, where he assisted in opening Canada's first legation in Japan.
Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, lawyer, journalist, writer, politician, judge, premier of Québec 1882-84 (b at Berthier-en-Haut, LC 18 July 1838; d at Montréal 30 Mar 1886). Mousseau was admitted to the bar in 1860 and practised civil and criminal law for 20 years, becoming QC in 1873.
Gordon Sidney Harrington, lawyer, politician, premier of NS (b at Halifax 7 Aug 1883; d there 4 July 1943). Educated at Dalhousie (LLB, 1904), Harrington practised law in Glace Bay. After serving in the CEF, 1915-20, he became MLA for Cape Breton Centre 1925-33 and Cape Breton S 1933-37.