Building Canada, Why Confederation?

27 Feb

In the 1860s, the British colonies were facing various issues. One resolution for each one of these was that the colonies come together to form one country. These are the problems that brought about Confederation:

The Province of Canada was made of a lot of people and was later made into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The government of the Province of Canada did not run smoothly because the English-speaking and French-speaking halves each had different ideas about how things should be run. Leaders from both areas of the province decided that joining other colonies might help solve their own political problems.

In order for their economies to do well, the colonies needed to be able to sell their goods to other markets. One solution was to bring all the colonies together.

Since America had fought Britain to gain its independence, the relationship between British North America and the United States had never been stable. Many Americans wanted to take over all of what is now Canada.

Britain didn’t want to have to pay for the cost of defending its colonies. Hence, it decided to encourage the colonies to amalgamate, because the United States would be less likely to attack Canada if it were a self-governing country in lieu of separate colonies of Britain. This fear of the U.S. helped to strengthen the decision for Confederation.

Leaders from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island had actually already begun discussing the idea of signing up for a Marine union and had also planned for a meeting.  The political leaders from the Province of Canada asked if they could come to their conference to recommend a bigger union of all the British North American colonies.  The Maritime colonies were given invitations and so started the quest of Confederation.


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4 responses to “Building Canada, Why Confederation?

  1. hermitsdoor

    March 2, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Welcome back. Glad to read something about politics, other than our USA obsession with fascist, xenophobic less-than-statemen-presidential candidates.

    • tkmorin

      March 2, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Hi Oscar. I’m following some of the U.S. politics, debates and so on. With Trump in the picture this year, it’s both entertaining and scary! 🙂

  2. greatwar100reads

    February 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Good to see you back!

    • tkmorin

      February 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you very much! Not 100%, but definitely getting there! 🙂 Oh, and thanks for waiting …


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