George Etienne Cartier

The Kingpin of Confederation

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George Etienne Cartier

I am the great George Etienne Cartier. I was deemed the kingpin of confederation, the true father of confederation. I am a white man, born to a rich family of grain exporters. I was born on September 6, 1814 in Saint.-Antoine-sur-Richelieu Quebec. My life has been prosperous, full of achievements and full of excitement. I started out as a lawyer. A very good one for that matter. I was accepted into the Bar of Lower Canada in 1835. I am also a very patriotic man. I was a proud member of the Fils de la Liberte, a militia group dedicated to political reform. I have been in many rebellions as well, like the Papineau-Mackenzie rebellion and the the rebellion of 1837. The rebellion of 1837 got me exiled from Canada causing me to move to the U.S for a brief period of time. I am a hard headed and strong willed man so that never held me back. I returned to Lower Canada in 1839 and continued my job as a lawyer for 9 more years. In my time as an attorney I had already made a big difference in Canada. I aided in starting the production of two of Canada's biggest railways; The Grand Trunk Railway and The Canadian Pacific Railway. In fact, I was the one who presented the bill to create The Grand Trunk Railway to the government. I started my work in politics in 184,8 when I was first elected into the Legislative Assembly of Union of Canada. I later became the provincial secretary for Canada East in 1854. From 1857-1562, Sir John A McDonald and I were the joint Premiers of Canada. When Sir John A McDonald became prime minister in 1867, I was appointed the first ever Federal Militia Minister for Canada. I played a big role in making British Columbia join confederation. I presented the bill of construction for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1872. This was the deal closer for British Columbia in joining confederation. My life so far has been great. Great enough that Queen Victoria gave me the rank of Baronet, which is actually a higher rank than a knight. Take that Sir John A McDonald. Well life has been great to me and I hope my success continues on as one of Canada's greatest politicians.