Today in Canada's Political History - February 2, 1887: Sir John A. makes his appeal to his local voters

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The 1877 election campaign was in full swing on this date in 1887 with Sir John A. leading his Tories into battle against Edward Blake’s Grits. Whatever the national campaign politics, as they say, is always local.

Eastern Ontario newspapers carried Sir John A. Macdonald’s advertisement appealing for the support of his fellow Kingstonians on February 2, 1887. “Having represented the City of Kingston in Parliament for thirty-four years to the best of my ability, at the request of many of your most prominent and best citizens I again offer myself as a candidate for your suffrages,” the Father of Confederation wrote. “I appeal with confidence to all my old friends and their sons, and the sons of those who have gone to their rest, to again rally round me and give me that cordial support which I was wont to receive in the Limestone City in days gone by. My record as a public man is doubtless well known to you, and if, on this, possibly the last occasion on which I may ask for the support of any constituency, you can conscientiously give me your support, I shall be deeply grateful.”

When the polls closed on February 22, Sir John A. was victorious both locally and nationally.

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.





Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.