In 1858, CLEAR GRIT leader George BROWN formed a short-lived government with Dorion as leader for Canada East. He was also attorney general (Canada E) in the John Sandfield MACDONALD-Dorion ministry of 1863-64. Vigorously opposed to the CONFEDERATION project, however, he refused to adhere to the GREAT COALITION of 1864 that united Brown and the Clear Grits from Canada West with the Conservatives from both halves of the province. In November 1864, following the QUÉBEC CONFERENCE, he denounced the projected federation as a disguised legislative union that would accord virtually no autonomy to the provinces even in matters of local concern. He also insisted that the people should be consulted, since it was their interest and prosperity that were clearly at stake. For the next 2 years Dorion led Lower Canadian opposition to the proposals.
Following Confederation, Dorion sat in the House of Commons until 1874 and was briefly minister of justice and attorney general in the Liberal government of Alexander MACKENZIE. In 1874 he was named chief justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Québec.
Author RICHARD JONES
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Sir Antoine-Aimé Dorion
A biography of Sir Antoine-Aimé Dorion with photographs and other archival resources. This “Canadian Confederation” website is from Library and Archives Canada.
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