Canadians have long congratulated themselves on the cleanliness and honesty of their political system. Elections were not rigged, nor politicians bought and sold. Powerful corporations did not dictate government policies, and well-connected individuals did not move to the front of the line for government favours. Contributions to political campaigns did not give the donors preferred access to the corridors of power. Or so we told ourselves and most of what we told ourselves was true. This is not to say that canada was immune to periodic eruptions of corruption, because it wasn"t. For example, the country"s first major political scandal the pacific scandal of 1873 caused the fall of the conservative government of sir john a. Macdonald. (133 years later, in 2006, another scandal the sponsorship scandal would contribute directly to the defeat of the liberal government of paul martin. ) In the next section you will examine some major canadian political scandals.