Musings of a Canadian Slacker

Saturday, February 07, 2004
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, or the DCB as we Canadian history types call it, is on line now. Well sort of, so far you can only look at people who were active or died before 1920. But its a start. I took the time to look at one of the more interesting characters of early Canadian politics: Thomas D'Arcy McGee. D'Arcy McGee is best known now as one of the few Canadian political figures to be assassinated. (The other major one was Pierre LaPorte, the Quebec cabinet minister assassinated during the October Crisis of 1970).

McGee's memory resonates particularly strongly here in Ottawa, since this is where he died and where his accused assassin was tried and hung. There is also a statue of McGee on Parliament Hill.