Drunk History: Canada’s Booze-Soaked Beginnings

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On August 28, 1864, John A. Macdonald showed up half-cut to a cabinet meeting of the government of what was then the United Province of Canada. This was not, strictly speaking, a unique occurrence, nor was the fact that he continued to drink throughout, and ended up getting into such a raucous fight with fellow cabinet minister George Brown that they had to shut the meeting down. Macdonald was so famous for drinking and fighting with Brown, he once responded to a Brown-supporting heckler with the famous line, “Yes, but the people prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober.” (One of those observations that’s funny, in a historical sense, because it’s true.)

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