John A. Macdonald, yes to Confederation, 1865

John A Macdonald's speech in 1865 promoting confederation
John A Macdonald’s speech promoted Confederation

In 1864, the colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland planned to meet in Charlottetown to investigate a union among the British Maritime colonies. John A Macdonald and other representatives from Upper and Lower Canada invited themselves to the meeting and arrived by steamship. They proposed a wider union which would include Upper and Lower Canada.  The group met again in Quebec City in October 1864 and agreed to proceed. Then in February 1865, the legislature of Upper and Lower Canada met to decide whether to ratify the proposal. Macdonald’s was the first of many speeches in the long debate in Quebec City.

“If we wish to be a great people … this can only be obtained by a union of some kind” Continue reading John A. Macdonald, yes to Confederation, 1865