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Confederation Achieved. Final Chance. Canada East and West were nearly bankrupt Corn Laws had been removed by Britain The Great Coalition – MacDonald, Brown and Cartier – arranged a meeting with the Maritime colonies This was called the Conferences. Maritime Concerns.

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Final chance
Final Chance

  • Canada East and West were nearly bankrupt

  • Corn Laws had been removed by Britain

  • The Great Coalition – MacDonald, Brown and Cartier – arranged a meeting with the Maritime colonies

  • This was called the Conferences


Maritime concerns
Maritime Concerns

  • Felt they would have no voice if there was a strong central (Federal) government

  • MacDonald wanted a strong central government

  • Maritimes and Cartier wanted stronger Provincial governments

  • MacDonald backed down and agreed to let the Provinces keep some power


Vote

  • After the conferences, the Maritime colonies returned home and voted in their own governments (legislatures) whether they should join in Confederation

  • Nova Scotia and New Brunswick voted yes to join

  • PEI and Newfoundland voted no


Off to britain
Off to Britain

  • Representatives from each of the colonies travelled to London, England and signed the British North American Act

  • This created the Dominion of Canada

  • July 1, 1867 it was signed


Small assignment
Small Assignment

  • Answering the following in a MINIMUM 2 paragraph answer:

  • “Do you think it was in the best interests of the Maritime colonies to join confederation? Was this new Dominion of Canada truly independent of Britain?”


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