Cartier, Sir George-Étienne, Baronet


Cartier, Sir George-Étienne, Baronet

▪ prime minister of Canada
born Sept. 6, 1814, St. Antoine, Lower Canada [now Quebec]
died May 20, 1873, London, Eng.
 statesman, Canadian prime minister jointly with John A. Macdonald (Macdonald, Sir John) (1857–58; 1858–62), and promoter of confederation and the improvement of Anglo-French relations in Canada.

      Cartier practiced as a lawyer until 1837, when he took part in the rebellion that sent him into several months of exile in the United States. Elected as a Liberal reformer to the Canadian legislature in 1848, he was appointed provincial secretary for Canada East (formerly Lower Canada) in 1855 and two years later attorney general.

      His alliance with Macdonald, in which Cartier represented Canada East, developed the Liberal-Conservative Party in Canada. He promoted many useful measures, including the abolition of seigneurial tenure (estates held by semi-feudal tenure) in Canada East and the codification of civil law. He was involved with the building of the Grand Trunk Railway through eastern Canada and the resolve to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. Despite great opposition, he carried his native province into federation by 1867, and he was created a baronet of the United Kingdom the following year.

      As minister of militia and defense in Macdonald's first Confederation Cabinet, Cartier reformed the nation's military land forces. Although he probably would have been implicated in the Pacific Scandal that brought down Macdonald's government, by the time that news was released Cartier had died of Bright disease in London.

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