John Morgan will lead the ninth session – on Alexander Mackenzie, Canada’s second prime minister – as the Old Ottawa East Community Association continues celebrating our prime ministers in our extended sesquicentennial year.
In many respects, Alexander Mackenzie was the antithesis of John A Macdonald.  “Known for his utmost honesty, integrity and hard work, Mackenzie sought no recognition or reward for himself,” says John Morgan. “A devout Baptist, he fought passionately for equality, democracy, the rule of law, and honesty in government.”
John Morgan is a great-great grandson of Alexander Mackenzie. He attended Glebe Collegiate and then Queen’s University where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1976. After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation, he went on to work 20 years at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and then 12 years at the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada. He retired in 2009 as the Assistant Comptroller General responsible for government-wide financial management.  John spoke at the Government of Canada’s commemoration ceremony of Mackenzie’s grave site in Sarnia and also on CPAC’s The Prime Ministers episode on Mackenzie. He recently wrote an article on Alexander Mackenzie that was published in the Ottawa Citizen.
Pre-registration would be appreciated:  The event is presented by the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA) and Saint Paul University.
The free event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2018 in Room L120  at 233 Main Street (at the northern end of the southern building (Lamframboise) of Saint Paul University). Details attached.
We hope to host at least two more “Prime Minister” sessions at the end of February and March but we are still working out times and possible speakers.
We also would like to draw your attention to Janet Young’s upcoming  lecture on “Boxes, Bodies, and Backhoes: Excavation and Analysis of the Forgotten Dead of Early Bytown,” presented by  the Ottawa Historical Association at Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington) on Tuesday, January 16 at 7p.m.. Dr. Young is Curator, Physical Anthropology at the Canadian Museum of History.