Debating Confederation

Discussion Questions

  1. Make a list of all the different arguments from the selected passages from the 1865 Confederation debates. What arguments did you find most persuasive?
  2. What role did environment and geography play in the debates?
  3. In what ways did the U.S. influence Canada’s Confederation debates in 1865?
  4. Why did A.A. Dorion oppose Confederation?
  5. How did parliamentarians characterize nature when making arguments about Confederation?
  6. What arguments were missing from the selected passages from the 1865 Confederation debates?