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Outgoing New York Congressman plugs Sir John A. Macdonald bicentennial in House of Representatives

By Arthur Milnes      

A friend of Canada’s in Washington has made a lot of friends by trumpeting January’s bicentennial celebrations for Canada’s Sir John A. Macdonald. Outgoing New York Democrat Congressman Bill Owens recently took to his feet in the U.S. of House of Representatives and reminded Americans that they too should celebrate Sir John A. in January and, in Kingston, in particular.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in anticipation of an auspicious day in Canadian history, the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Canada’s Founding Father, Sir John A. Macdonald of Ontario, on Jan. 11, 2015,” Mr. Owens, who leaves office this week, recently told the House of Representatives. “Sir Macdonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada and a significant figure in the development of the British North America Act that gave rise to the birth of Canada as a nation on July 1, 1867. As one of the founders of the great nation of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald’s importance to the American people should not be overlooked.”
As Kingston’s Sir John A. Macdonald ambassador, I won’t deny I was more than thrilled when Mr. Owens plugged our events. “The City of Kingston is hosting a national commemoration service on Sunday, January 11, 2015 marking the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald,” he told Congressmen and women.
Thank you Congressman. Everyone in America, and Canada of course, is, in fact, invited to Kingston for the big bash January 11. See you in the Limestone City.

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