I admit it—I posted this because of the photograph of Sir John A. MacDonald’s statue, which is picturesquely dressed in rural attire for Charlottetown’s Farm Day in the City. Sir John A. was a Father of Confederation and the first Prime Minister of Canada, elected in 1867.
Farm Day in the City is the largest outdoor market of the year on Prince Edward Island. Thousands attend. Although the market spreads out to include several city blocks, Farm Day in the City is centered in the Victoria Row and Confederation Plaza area of Charlottetown.
Province House, a Canadian National Historic Site, is the heart of the Confederation Plaza. This is where the Charlottetown Conference took place, September 1 – 7, 1864. The Charlottetown Conference led to Canadian Confederation, and Sir John A. was in attendance.
The statue of Sir John A. is at the Queen Street entrance to Victoria Row, about a block from Province House. By placing Sir John A.’s statue on the public bench, his character comes forward from history right into the crowd.
Dressing Sir John A.’s statue in rural attire tells a lot about Prince Edward Islanders. Fun loving, Islanders are far from stuffy. Gleefully snapping photos of friends and acquaintances perched on the bench next to the statue, nobody seemed concerned that this representation of Sir John A. might taint his memory.