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What did George Etienne Cartier think of Confederation?


What did George Etienne Cartier think of Confederation?

At the Quebec Conference, Cartier argued for the creation of a new “political nationality.” He denounced Parti rouge leader A.A. Dorion’s contention that French Canada would be better off joining the United States. Cartier stated that French interests could be preserved under the proposed Confederation.

What was George Brown’s role in Confederation?

George Brown (November 29, 1818 – May 9, 1880) was a Scottish-Canadian journalist, politician and one of the Fathers of Confederation; attended the Charlottetown (September 1864) and Quebec (October 1864) conferences. He was an articulate champion of the grievances and anger of Upper Canada (Ontario).

What caused Cartier’s death?

Cartier was ill with Bright’s disease, a degenerative kidney condition. In September 1872, he sailed to London to consult a specialist. Over the months, his condition worsened, and on May 20, 1873, Cartier died. The Pacific Railway Scandal made frontpage headlines in the summer of 1873.

Why did Quebec join Confederation?

They finally agreed to confederation in 1867 because Canada East would remain a territorial and governmental unit (as Quebec) in which French Canadians would have an assured electoral majority and thus be able to at least partly control their own affairs.

What did the Clear Grits stand for?

The Clear Grits advocated universal male suffrage, representation by population, democratic institutions, reductions in government expenditure, abolition of the Clergy Reserves, voluntarism, and free trade with the United States. Clear Grits from Upper Canada shared many ideas with Thomas Jefferson.

What was George Etienne Cartier’s speech on Confederation?

George-Étienne Cartier’s famous speech on Confederation articulated a new idea of Canadian political nationality—one capable of bridging the ethnic, religious and linguistic divides among our fractured population.

How old was Sir George Etienne Cartier when he died?

A photograph of Sir George-Étienne Cartier taken in 1871, two years before his death. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada. The Heritage Minute about Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s role in the unfolding of Confederation across the country references several important events in his career.

How are Sir John A Macdonald and Sir George Cartier related?

Yesterday was Sir John A. Macdonald’s 201st birthday. To mark the occasion, I thought I would explore his friendship with Sir George Étienne Cartier. The two were both Fathers of Confederation, but were once actually on opposing sides in Canadian politics for a period of time.

Why was Cartier so important to the Confederation of Canada?

The fight for Confederation was from the beginning a French Canadian project, and Cartier became its major leader. The French were enraged by Lord Durham’s proposal that Lower Canada be abolished and absorbed into a single province with Upper Canada, with the express goal of assimilating the French.