Sir John A MacDonald, Canada’s First Prime Minister and Noted Drunk

John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Primie Minister, (1867–1873; 1878–1891), became known as the Father of Confederation. Sir John was as well known for his wit as his love of booze, enough to have been visibly drunk for many of his debates in Parliament.

During one election debate, Macdonald was so drunk he began vomiting while on stage. His opponent quickly pointed this out,saying, “Is this the man you want running your country? A drunk!”

MacDonald’s reply? “I get sick … not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.”


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