“Alexander McNeill of the Corran, Wiarton, served as the MP for Bruce North in the House of Commons from 1882 until his defeat in 1901. Although known locally for the magnificent mansion he built on the cliffs overlooking Colpoy’s Bay, McNeill played a significant role in Canada’s political affairs with his active and prominent involvement in the major issues of the era. The precise nature and range of McNeill’s political activities has not been previously documented despite general acknowledgement that he was an important figure in the political life of the Bruce-Grey region during the late 19th century.
Alexander McNeill’s early political career and subsequent re-election were based on his immediate concern for the plight of his constituents on the Bruce Peninsula.”
It could be argued that McNeill owed his seat to Prime Minister Sir. John A. MacDonald who, as Superintendent of Indian Affairs, was responsible for administering the sale of land on the Peninsula on behalf of the Chippewa Indians at Cape Croker.”
Source: A Political Life by Allan Bartley at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre