Sir John Alexander Macdonald was the dominant creative mind which produced the British North America Act and the union of provinces which became Canada. As the first prime minister of Canada, he oversaw the expansion of the Dominion from sea to sea. His government dominated politics for a half century and set policy goals for future generations of political leaders.
Charles Stanley Monck, 4th Viscount in the Irish peerage and 1st Baron in the UK peerage, governor general of BNA, 1861-67, governor general of Canada and Prince Edward Island, 1867-68 (b in Templemore, Tipperary, Ire 10 Oct 1819; d at his Irish residence, Charleville, Enniskerry 29 Nov 1894).
William Gilbert Gosling, merchant, politician, author (b at Paget, Bermuda 8 Sept 1863; d there 5 Nov 1930). Gosling came to Newfoundland in 1881 as a clerk with a fish-exporting firm. Known for his literary interests, Gosling organized an urban-reform movement in St John's in 1913.
Sir Louis Henry Davies, lawyer, politician, judge, premier of Prince Edward Island (b at Charlottetown 4 May 1845; d at Ottawa 1 May 1924). Member of a family prominent in local business and politics, Davies was educated at Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, before studying law in London.
Maurice Arthur Pope, engineer, army officer, diplomat (b at Rivière du Loup, Qué 9 Aug 1889; d at Ottawa 20 Sept 1978). Son of Sir Joseph Pope and grandson of Sir Henri T. Taschereau, he was a strong nationalist who believed that Canadians must respect the traditions of both founding peoples.