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Module 15

Confederation: What Kind of Country are We to Have?

P.E. Bryden

In the years before 1867, leaders in the colonies of British North America struggled to find solutions to their various financial, legislative and military crises; once the idea of a broader union began to gain support as a way out of the colonial dilemmas, people began to debate the utility of federalism as an organizing framework for the new country. This module introduces students to the debate over federalism in the words of the participants, and the debate that scholars have been engaged in ever since.

Primary sources:

  1. Text: Quebec Resolutions, 1864
  2. Text: Debates of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, 1865
  3. Text: Debates of the New Brunswick House of Assembly, 1865 and 1866
  4. Text: Debates of the United Canadas Legislative Assembly, 1865
  5. Maps: Canada 1862 and Canada 1867

Secondary sources:

  1. Peter Russell. Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People? 3rd edition (2004)
  2. P.B. Waite. The Life and Times of Confederation, 1864-1867: Politics, Newspapers and the Union of British North America (1962)
  3. Christopher Moore. 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal (1997)

Introduction

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