The time period: 1856 to 1864. The United States coveted the land. Britain was not prepared to fight. On this stage, lit by the threat of war and the brutality of abandonment, two men, each profoundly committed to his own views, battle to dominate the shape of Canada's future.
JOHN A: THE BIRTH OF A COUNTRY lays bare the passionate struggle between John A. Macdonald - the charismatic leader of the Conservative Party - and his opponent, the fiercely determined George Brown, leader of what would become the Liberal Party. Both were riled into action by dramatically different visions for their country and a deep hatred for each other.
JOHN A: THE BIRTH OF A COUNTRY is a political thriller, the story of personal hatred, public passion and a political poison pill. Only the fire of the conflicting energies of Macdonald and Brown could have created the Canada we know today.