Politics and Family Ties, 1876-80

AuthorC. Ian Kyer
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P rolein restructur ingthe rmin themidsWhen
the rm wasfounded more than a dozenyears before Conservativeshad
been prominent in the politics of Upper Canada, even if not in power.
PremierJohn SandeldMacdonald mayhavebeen a Reformerbuthe was
more at home with the Conservative John A. Macdonald than with George
Brown and the western Grits. After Confederation the two entered into a n
alliance of sorts: John A. Macdonald’s leadership of the new national govern
mentwas paired wit hJohn Sa ndeldMacdonaldsleadership in Ontario
Thiswas goodnewsforBeay andChadwicka ndfortheir clientsWillia m
Gooderham and James Gooderham Worts. All were lifelong Conservative
supporters. They formed as Beays brother Joe wouldlater wr iteto Sir
Beaydid nottake anyactiveroleinpol iticsHenever ranforp olitical
oceor campaignedfor those whodid Neverthelesshe was atrue blue
Conser vative.”
At times he carried his Cons ervative politics to a laughable
Ono neocc asion   MrBeay was in London England and wenti ntoa
shop to purchase a travelli ng bag. When the salesman ca me back with the
changefrom thepurc hasemoneyh eremarkedt hatMrBeayhad selected
averyhandsome Gladstonebagasthest ylewascalledW henMrBeay

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