In response to a widespread feeling that a series of stamps depicting some of the principal Canadian statesmen should be brought out, the Department prepared, between February and July, 1926, three special postage stamps. The designs featured portraits of The Honourable Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John A. Macdonald, Robert Baldwin, and Sir Louis Lafontaine. They were not issued, however, until the following year when the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation occurred. The stamps were released on 29th June, 1927, the same date as the Confederation series.
Baldwin and Lafontaine were leaders in Upper and Lower Canada, respectively, in the long struggle for representative government. They were advocates of constitutional methods of reform as opposed to armed force.
Baldwin was born in the town of York, now Toronto, in 1804. At the age of twenty-five he entered the legislature for Upper Canada. He was a lawyer by profession, and a moderate reformer. After the union of Upper and Lower Canada, he became a member of the executive council and joined Lafontaine in the promotion of national unity. He died in 1858.
Lafontaine was born in Boucherville, Quebec in 1807. He was admitted to the bar in 1829, then elected in the following year to the assembly in Lower Canada. At first he opposed the union of Upper and Lower Canada, but later favoured it. He was associated with Baldwin in the struggle for responsible government. In 1854, Queen Victoria knighted him; he died in 1864.