Sir John A MacDonald Canada's First Prime Minister Stock Images. Sir John A MacDonald Canada's First Prime Minister is a new set of stock photos by Ernie Hunter.Sir John A MacDonald 1815 – 1891 was a delegate to the Intercolonial Conferences of 1864 – 1867 at which the basis was laid for the Federal Union of the British North American Provinces in a new nation. He was called the Father of Confederation and was the First Prime Minister of Canada. He promoted the westward expansion of the railroad making it Transcontinental. He was a visionary statesman, a Conservative partisan and a much loved leader for a quarter of a century. He died June 6 1891. Check out Ernie Hunter’s portfolio here.