Sir James Cockburn,
Like you, I am most certainly in favour for Canadian confederation; however, all of your arguments seem to be heavily weighted towards the side of solely benefitting your colony. As a man speaking on behalf of New Brunswick, I believe your idea of representation by population is unjust for minuscule colonies like us. I’m not saying rep by pop is a bad idea, but I believe we need a fairer method when distributing seats. As Sir George Brown suggested, divvying the seats evenly between Canada East and West, and The Maritimes is the most probable solution in persuading colonies to vote in favour for rep by pop.
Additionally, in regards to your argument about American advancements in Manifest Destiny, I too, view it as a great threat to every single one of our colonies. New Brunswick has recently been a victim of the Fenian Raids and our people are living under constant fear of future attacks due to our ever-so weak defence systems. I believe through confederation, colonies will be able to unite and fight back against imminent threats. This will most certainly be successful if we establish stronger defence systems along the borderline of our new country and America. Furthermore, in order to fund our new systems, I suggest 15% of our taxes go into military spending.
Attorney-General of New Brunswick
Dear Edward Palmer,
I am looking forward to our meetings on Thursday and Friday. I am currently trying to educate myself on the ongoings of politics, so that I am prepared to take on a meaningful role in the meetings. I am a firm believer, as with yourself, that confederation is a bad idea, however I only have one source to corroborate my findings with, my father. Isn’t it true that we in PEI also have our own railway under construction, which will unionize us as a colony stronger than all others? With this railway, our importing and exporting tasks should become easier, as goods can be transported from one end of the island, to the other. This will hopefully strengthen our economy, eliminating even the possible need for confederation.
My primary concern is that of a minimized voice should we join confederation. Our people should not matter less, because there aren’t as many of us. In my opinion, every person is equal, and deserves to be heard without the fear of silencing by forces such as rep by pop and double majority. Is there another way we can avoid these problems, besides abstaining from connection with the other colonies? There has to be a more fair system in place somewhere, no?
Sincerely yours, Mercy Coles
My dearest John,
You’ve grown so much and your views don’t differ much from mine. I adore your ideals; conservative is the right way to go. I completely agree with you in terms of confederation, however rep. by pop. is something you should definitely take into consideration. It isn’t about how much power a region has, it’s what the people want and need. It’s just a more accurate representation for highly populated areas.
May I first say, your majesty, that I am humbled and grateful for the experience to talk to your noble being. May I say that I completely agree and am ecstatic that you support confederacy in the colonies. I hope that we are able to ensure you that con…
I certainly hope you are doing well. As you may know, the increased frequency of uproars below the border concerns me greatly. Should we ever fail to protect Canada, we will lose not only political dominance over our land but also our distinct cultures that will be annexed. Yet even with such great crisis ahead of all us, the task of uniting Canada together is still opposed by many. I’m afraid the addition of George Brown into the Great Coalition has damaged even more of the fragile relationship between French-Canadians and English-Canadians. Do me the favour and remind your people that though they may not speak English, they are still under the care of Her Majesty as British subjects. Let us be French, let us be English, but most importantly let us be Canadians!
John A. Macdonald
The support of confederation and a great railway across Canada represents the ambition of Nova Scotia quite nicely. I am intrigued to see your plans for connecting Canada through a rail system, following suit with the successful developments of England…
This was quite interesting, but I have one question: how will the individual identities of smaller provinces (such as PEI) be preserved if we don’t have a voice in politics? How can we trust the bigger provinces to make the right choices for us, and how can we be sure that our lives won’t turn completely upside down if we confederate?
– Thomas Heath Haviland
Thank you for your genuine condolences for Isabella, my warm wishes right back to you. At least I do not require the assistance of my wife to talk reason into my head.
I remind you that rep. by pop. is not a party problem between Liberals a…
I grieve for your misgivings, as they seem to have impaired your judgment. It is truly unfortunate to see a man of such renown reduced to slinging insults over an editorial! Rest assured that I am not in need of a copy of the Globe; My puppy has not needed any rags for months now.
Perhaps what you speak of mitigates threats towards Upper Canada, but Upper Canada alone! You are as removed from us as we are to the States, in trade, in politics, in society. You offer no guarantees and sustain on empty platitudes of safety and freedom, as if we don’t have that already, and plentifully so. It is indeed reassuring that our economy flourishes with strength alien to you. Perhaps we can arrange for a tour, as well as a much-needed lesson in politeness? It would be ever so disappointing to see Brown fall to the same wine-soaked depths as MacDonald, but not particularly unexpected. The lack of amusement in icy Toronto would drive any man to drink.
Was it enjoyable to undermine my letter, by quoting a random letter from some disgruntled Nova Scotian? It stands as a true marker of your foolishness that we Maritime colonies are much the same to you. How can we ally, nay, trust a man who is so blindly ignorant? Why should we share our trade and our fortunes with those who seek to subjugate us, separate us from the Great Motherland? Ah, thanks be to the heavens that your union is isolated to Upper and Lower Canada, for we shall have no part in this farce.
C. F. Bennett
My dearest, dearest Bennett,
I must admit that even I could not suppress a chuckle at this little trifle of an editorial (which, if you need assistance as to how to actually write something coherent, you know where to find it – I’m quite sure I could send over a few copies of The Globe sooner or later on the intercolonial railway :). This cute thing seems to exhibit the exact innocence and naivety that overcomes all Maritimers – a healthy belief that you people are special, that Her Majesty seems to adore you, and that your (sinking) toy ship industry will somehow sustain your excuse-for-an-economy.
Why do you think that your resources are so special – were they not discovered by the same sort of people that found the rest of British North America? And those people, the English and Her Majesty, would not spare even a single tear if our colonies suddenly dismembered ourselves from her. Confederation will bring growth to the Maritimes through an intercolonial railway, and although I confess to be a critic of most of Mr. Macdonald’s workings, economic growth and profits to purchase Rupert’s Land must appeal to any sane man.
Finally, I am to share a passage from a journalist, one of your own Maritimers:
“Ask a true man, who loves his country for itself why he is in favor of Union, and he will tell you: I am in favor of Union, because I wish to remain a loyal subject of Queen Victoria; because it will cement more closely these Colonies and the Mother Country; because England desired it in order to consolidate our strength; because it will ensure us against aggression.”
Guess you can’t bribe everyone to pretend that the Maritimes are anti-Confederation, eh?
P.S. I must also laugh at your apparently foretelling mind – I have scoured all records of some kind of “Anti-Confederation Song”, and cannot seem to find any record of it. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/quotthe-anti-confederation-songquot-emc/