Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie: A History Lesson

Prior to becoming prime minister, Mackenzie was a stonemason and he lived in Kingston for a number of years helping to build the Martello Towers and the bombproof arch at Fort Henry. He served as a Major during the Fenian Raids.

Alexander Mackenzie was a self-educated stonemason who rose from humble beginnings in Scotland to become Canada’s second Prime Minister. He fought passionately for equality and parliamentary democracy and for the elimination of privilege and political corruption.


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A key nation builder of Canada, known and loved for his utmost integrity and honesty, his is a compelling story of duty and honour. This video was prepared to help celebrate Canada 150 and to raise awareness and appreciation of his life and times and his contributions to Canada.