Library and Archives Canada has announce the launch of a new online database, the 1881 Census of Canada. This database provides access to digitized images of the original census returns. The site also includes information about what life was like in Canada at the time the census was taken. Have a peek and see if you can find the listing for Sir John A. Macdonald or Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Here is the link:
Did you know that Calgary Public Library has a complete collection of the Canadian census on microfilm? It is in the genealogy collection on the 4th floor of the Central Library.