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Pacific scandal,1873, a major event in Canadian political history. Charges were made in Parliament that the Conservative administration of Sir John A. MacdonaldMacdonald, Sir John Alexander,
1815–91, Canadian statesman, first prime minister of the Dominion of Canada, b. Glasgow. His parents settled in 1820 in Kingston, Ont. Macdonald first practiced law.
..... Click the link for more information. had accepted campaign funds from Sir Hugh AllanAllan, Sir Hugh,
1810–82, Canadian financier and shipowner, b. Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1826, was employed by a large shipbuilding company in Montreal, and later founded the Allan Line of steamships.
..... Click the link for more information. in return for a promise to award Allan's syndicate the contract to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. Macdonald's statement that the contract and the contributions were unconnected was received with skepticism. Donald A. Smith (later Lord StrathconaStrathcona and Mount Royal, Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron
, 1820–1914, Canadian fur trader, financier, and railroad builder, b. Scotland.
..... Click the link for more information. ) broke with Macdonald over the crisis and through his publicly expressed lack of confidence in Macdonald was partly responsible for the Conservative administration's downfall. The government was forced to resign because of the scandal, and the Conservative party was badly defeated in the ensuing elections.