The greatest controversy was over the composition of PARLIAMENT : only Prince Edward Island disagreed that members of the HOUSE OF COMMONS should be elected on the basis of representation by population, but the distribution of seats in the SENATE led to a prolonged dispute. The financial arrangements proposed by Alexander T. GALT also precipitated considerable discussion. The distribution of powers between federal and provincial governments was settled with comparative ease and followed the outline suggested by John A. MACDONALD and Oliver MOWAT.
The delegates completed their work and adjourned October 27. Their conclusions were embodied in 72 resolutions, which became the focus of the CONFEDERATION debates. Although the Québec Resolutions were formally adopted only by the Province of Canada, they formed the basis of the BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT, which created Canada.
Author P.A. BUCKNER
Links to Other Sites
Sir John A Macdonald Day
A guide to classroom activities for celebrating Sir John A Macdonald Day and learning about Confederation. Students investigate milestones in the life and political career of Canada's first prime minister and find out how historians determine the historical significance of specific people, events, or developments. Check out the interactive Sir John A Day Timeline and the informative videos on related topics. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.
This Library and Archives Canada website lists the colonial delegates to the Conference and provides the full text of the 72 “Québec Resolutions”.
Frederic Bowker Terrington Carter
A biography of Frederic Bowker Terrington Carter, lawyer, politician, and judge. From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.