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.
Sir Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, lawyer, journalist, businessman, politician, premier of Québec 1879-82 (b at St-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Lower Canada 7 Nov 1840; d at Montréal 13 June 1898). He was admitted to the bar in 1861 and taught criminal law at Université Laval in Montréal from 1878 to 1885.
Henry Forbes Angus, educator, public servant (b at Victoria, BC 19 Apr 1891; d 17 Sept 1991). After completing a BCL (1914) and MA (1919) at Oxford and being made a barrister of law at the Inner Temple in England, Angus returned to Canada and earned a law degree at McGill University.
Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough, governor general of Canada 1931-35 (b at London, Eng 27 Oct 1880; d at Stansted, Eng 10 Mar 1956). He was the only prominent British businessman ever to be governor general, and as such something of a surprise appointment.
Charles Grant, "Charlie," salesman, human rights activist, (b at Toronto 22 Oct 1902; d there 28 May 1980). Of Scots Presbyterian background, Grant left home at an early age to travel the world. After many adventures in western Canada and the Orient, he settled in Vienna and became a diamond broker.