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Macdonald appreciation the need to sustain and nurture Kingston’s role in the national water-transport system of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence. At mid-19th century, this served his continental aspirations at that time. This is reflected in his speech on the occasion of the laying of the "first stone" of the new dry-dock facility at Kingston as late as June 19, 1890. It also reflects his astute demonstration of his perspective on local politics. He commented on the "great satisfaction to me that it has fallen to my lot as the representative of Kingston to have somewhat to do with the appropriation by parliament for this great work," one that would make Kingston "the chief port, the chief shipping place of the great inland waters…[and] a great commercial centre."