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Sir John Eh
Clifton students and staff welcomed SALON Theatre
Productions on Thursday, April 9th.
Five talented actors engaged us in the legacy of John A. McDonald in
their play, entitled the Trial of Sir John A. This play looked at the later
life and policies of Sir John A. McDonald, especially the building of the trans-
Canadian Railway and the impact this had on the Metis, First Nations,
Chinese railway workers and western Canadian settlers.
In this original musical production, 200-year-old former
Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald is charged with cheating, misleading and
mistreating. While awaiting trial in the Court of Canadian History, we were taken
inside his jail cell while Macdonald awaits his trial. His mysterious cellmate
was no other than Louis Riel. The trial proceeded with witnesses for each
charge and students were the jury during this interactive play. Students found
Sir John not guilty on the charge of cheating; but guilty on the charges of
misleading and mistreating.