No relation of mine, that I know of, but here are the salient points from his bio, found in "The Irishman in Canada" by Nicholas Flood Davin (1843-1901) by the Irish University Press, Shannon, 1969:
"In Emily Township and the village of Omemee, one of the first names that occurs is that of McQuade. Mr. McQuade is the member for the South Riding in the Dominion Parliament. He is a very large property holder in real estate. He is from Cavan, where he was born in 1817. His father, Henry McQuade, died in Ireland, his mother, whose maiden name was Mary Curran, came to the United States with a large family. Thence the family removed to the Township of Emily, where they arrived in 1837. Most of the brothers and sisters are dead. One sister is still alive in West Durham, where she is married to Mr. Henry Gibson, an Irishman from the North of Ireland. Arthur McQuade, when he first came to Canada, 'hired out' to a farmer for ten dollars a month; he worked with the same man for a second year at eleven dollars per month. He then purchased from his employer one hundred acres of land. He married Susan, a daughter of Thomas Trotter, who came from Fermanagh and was one of the oldest settlers of that section of the country. Mr. McQuade has seven children, all well-to-do; five died. He at present owns one thousand acres of land, and has considerable investments in stocks, mortgages and the like. He is probably worth $100,000. He has for years resided in Emily Township; he was for twenty years collector of taxes there, being frequently returned by acclamation. he was school teacher for fifteen years, and can look back on a long career of usefulness and success. He is a hale, hearty and open-hearted man, a Conservative in politics. he is a Protestant and has been County master of the Loyal Orange Society in the County. The wise liberality of the Roman Catholics in Victoria could not be more striking shows than in the election of Mr. McQuade. Mr. McQuade is a great man at agricultural associations."