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John A.: Birth of a Country (2011)

TV Movie | 91 min | Drama

The political manoeuvrings in the ten or so years in the legislature of the Province of Canada, comprised of the former Upper Canada and Lower Canada, leading up to the confederation of British North American colonies into one country ...See moreThe political manoeuvrings in the ten or so years in the legislature of the Province of Canada, comprised of the former Upper Canada and Lower Canada, leading up to the confederation of British North American colonies into one country called Canada in 1867, are presented. The story focuses primarily on three politicians: John A. Macdonald who during that time would assume the leadership of the Conservative Party, his Québec leader George-Étienne Cartier, and George Brown, who is leader of the Liberal Party during much of this time and who is owner of the Globe newspaper in Toronto. Macdonald and Brown not only oppose each other politically - doing whatever needed to gain control over the other - but also refuse to deal with the other solely because of who the other is as a person. Beyond their battles, they also have to contend with the continuing problems of how to deal with the English/French divide in the Upper Canada/Lower Canada union, with the provincial capital moving between Toronto and Québec City every few years to appease both sides. Their personal lives - which for Macdonald includes caring for a young son and an ailing wife within his busy political schedule, and which for Brown would eventually include marriage to a headstrong Scotswoman named Anne Nelson - and the civil war brewing in the United States, the result which could be forcible annexation of Canada into the United States, would lead to Macdonald and Brown needing to decide if they could overcome their long held differences to work together for the greater good of Canada. Written by Huggo See less
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Richard Gwyn (book by: "John A, The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald Volume 1: 1815-1867") | Bruce M. Smith
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Sep 19, 2011 (Canada)

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Shawn Doyle
John A. Macdonald John A. Macdonald   See fewer
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Peter Outerbridge
George Brown George Brown   See fewer
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David La Haye
George-Étienne Cartier George-Étienne Cartier   See fewer
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Aidan Devine
Sandfield MacDonald Sandfield MacDonald   See fewer
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Michelle Nolden
Anne Nelson Brown Anne Nelson Brown   See fewer
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Peter MacNeill
Allan MacNab Allan MacNab   See fewer
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Cedric Smith
Governor General Edmund Head Governor General Edmund Head   See fewer
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Rob Stewart
William McDougall William McDougall   See fewer
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Ted Atherton
Governor General Charles Monck Governor General Charles Monck   See fewer
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Patrick McKenna
Alexander Galt Alexander Galt   See fewer
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Spence Spence   See fewer
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Neil Foster
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Frank McAnulty
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Jean-Michel Le Gal
Antoine-Aimé Dorion Antoine-Aimé Dorion   See fewer
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Christian Martyn
Hugh John Macdonald Hugh John Macdonald   See fewer
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Derek Keurvorst
Morrison Morrison   See fewer
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Michelle Giroux
Isabella Clark Macdonald Isabella Clark Macdonald   See fewer
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Hume Baugh
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown   See fewer
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Nick Spencer
Page in Assembly Page in Assembly   See fewer
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Desmond Ellis
Speaker #4 Speaker #4   See fewer
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Matt Cooke
Cracken Cracken   See fewer
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Julie LeGal
Luce Cullivier (as Julie Le Gal) Luce Cullivier (as Julie Le Gal)   See fewer
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John Stoneham Sr.
Burly Man Burly Man   See fewer
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David Boyce
Election Official Election Official   See fewer
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Dave Nichols
US Envoy US Envoy   See fewer
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Karen Waddell
Margaret MacDonald Margaret MacDonald   See fewer
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John Gillespie
Tom Nelson Tom Nelson   See fewer
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Grahame Wood
Henry Smith Henry Smith   See fewer
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Ardon Bess
Chief Barber Chief Barber   See fewer
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Sally Cahill
Eliza Grimason Eliza Grimason   See fewer
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Joe Silvaggio
Toothless Man Toothless Man   See fewer
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Donald Burda
Reverend Wilkinson Reverend Wilkinson   See fewer
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George Brown Cabinet Minister (uncredited) George Brown Cabinet Minister (uncredited)   See fewer
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Viscount Monck's secretary (uncredited) Viscount Monck's secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.8 / 10 | 108 votes