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.
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.
Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, politician, governor general of Canada 1883-88, viceroy of India 1888-93 (b at Lansdowne House, London, Eng 14 Jan 1845; d at Clonmel, Ire 4 June 1927). Henry was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.
Sir Hugh William Hoyles, politician, judge, prime minister of Newfoundland (b at St John's 17 Oct 1814; d at Halifax 1 Feb 1888). The son of Newman Hoyles, a wealthy merchant and politician, he was educated in St John's and Nova Scotia, and was called to the Newfoundland Bar in 1837.
Charles Augustus Semlin, schoolteacher, prospector, rancher, premier of BC 1898-1900 (b at Barrie, UC Oct 1836; d at Ashcroft, BC 3 Nov 1927). After teaching in Barrie, Semlin came to BC in 1862, buying the Dominion Ranch in 1869. Elected Conservative MLA for Yale in 1871, he was defeated in 1875.
Walter Edward Foster, businessman, politician, premier of New Brunswick 1917-23 (b at St Martins, NB 9 Apr 1873; d at Saint John 14 Nov 1947). Chosen Liberal Opposition leader in 1916 and premier following the Liberal victory in 1917 he sat for Victoria in 1917 and Saint John City in 1920.