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Macdonald sculpture unveiling Canada Day

Sir John A. Macdonald 'Holding Court' will be unveiled downtown Picton on Canada Day

Sir John A. Macdonald ‘Holding Court’ , sculpted by Ruth Abernathy, is to be unveiled downtown Picton on Canada Day

The unveiling of Canada’s 10th public sculpture of Sir John A. Macdonald will take place in front of the Armoury in downtown Picton, July 1st at 2 p.m. as part of the official Canada Day festivities.

This sculpture was designed to remind Canadians that the principal architect of Canada and the nation’s first prime minister began his career in law and public administration in Picton.

At the dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., the Prince Edward County Pipes and Drums will begin the event with a march down Main Street followed by the singing of O Canada.

Patrice Dutil, one of Canada’s leading authorities on Macdonald and president of the Champlain Society of Canada, will act as master of ceremonies for the dedication ceremony. Award-winning actor, R.H. Thomson will re-enact one of the most famous speeches in Canadian history: Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s famous speech to the House of Commons celebrating the life of Macdonald.

Brian Porter, playing Sir John A. Macdonald, will remember the good old days in the County and with his wife, Agnes, he’ll be available for photo ops as they stroll down Main Street.

Mayor Quaiff will join Ruth Abernethy and David Warrick in unveiling the sculpture followed by the symbolic acceptance of the gift of the sculpture on behalf of the County of Prince Edward. He will then cut a birthday cake followed by the singing of Happy Birthday.

To acknowledge Macdonald’s central role in building the CPR railway and in uniting Canadians coast to coast, the Regent Theatre will open its doors to two free showings of Stephen Low’s spectacular IMAX formatted film Rocky Mountain Express at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Each showing will last one hour.

In addition to the Macdonald activities, the Picton Canada Day Committee, led by members of the Picton Business Improvement Association, Picton Recreation Committee, Picton Legion, Eph*ra Event Design, Come Alive Outside Program and Emmanuel Baptist Church will be offering a full lineup of July 1st celebrations – everything from sidewalk sales and entertainment to a free kids’ carnival at Benson Park.

Meanwhile, the Museums of Prince Edward County present ‘Always a Quinte Boy’, a new temporary exhibit on John A. Macdonald at Macaulay Heritage Park, focusing the connections that John A. Macdonald had with Prince Edward County and the Quinte region throughout his life.
Macaulay Heritage Park is at 23 & 35 Church Street, Picton. For details, call 613-476-2148 ext.258 or email



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  1. ADJ says:

    Can anyone of the County MacDonald’s trace their roots to the man? I remember that former MPP Flora Macdonald from Kingston and the Islands riding was a distant relative.

  2. Paul says:

    Maybe its a good thing he’s referred to as a “Quinte Boy” when you consider his treatment of Aboriginal Canadians and Chinese Immigrants…

  3. Chuck says:

    Quinte Boy! Lol.

  4. Marnie says:

    County boy or Quinte boy. What does it matter compared to a knighthood?

  5. rosalind says:

    who had the bright idea of celebrating a historic figure whose achievements include the systematic starvation/genocide of indigenous people and the exploitation/exclusion of the Chinese labourers who really played the central role in building the CPR railway that united Canada. check out

  6. doug says:

    Who had the bright idea of stealing our name County Boy for Quinte Boy.

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