Front: Sir John Alexander Macdonald
Back: Warfare and remembrance; this is accompanied by the first verse of John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields"
first Prime Minister of Canada and the dominant figure of Canadian Confederation. Macdonald's tenure in office spanned 18 years, making him the second longest serving Prime Minister of Canada. He won praise for having helped forge a nation of sprawling geographic size, with two diverse European colonial origins, numerous Aboriginal nations, and a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds and political views.
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