Fun Facts about Canada’s Founding Conference
36 representatives met at 3 conferences in Charlottetown, Quebec and London between 1864 and 1867 to discuss uniting New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada, which was composed of Canada East and Canada West (which would later become Quebec and Ontario). The Dominion of Canada was born on July 1, 1867. An important date for Canada is March 8, 1867. On this day the British House of Lords gave final reading to the British North America Act, and Royal Assent was given on March 22 and proclaimed March 29, to be effective on July 1, 1867.
By the numbers Canada was founded by:
19 lawyers: Adams George Archibald, Alexander Campbell, George-Étienne Cartier, Edward Barron Chandler, James Cockburn, Robert Barry Dickey, Charles Fisher, John Hamilton Gray, Thomas Heath Haviland, William Alexander Henry, Hector-Louis Langevin, John A. Macdonald, Jonathan McCully, Peter Mitchell, Oliver Mowat, Edward Palmer, William Henry Pope, John William Ritchie, Frederic Bowker Terrington Carter.
9 businessmen: Jean-Charles Chapais, George Coles, Alexander Tilloch Galt, William Pearce Howland, John Mercer Johnson, Andrew Archibald Macdonald, Ambrose Shea, William Henry Steeves, Robert Duncan Wilmot.
4 journalists: George Brown, William McDougall, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Edward Whelan.
2 doctors: Étienne-Paschal Taché, Charles Tupper.
1 pharmacist: Samuel Leonard Tilley.
1 military officer: John Hamilton Gray.
72 resolutions established to provide Canada with a template for unification.
50 of them were written by John A. Macdonald according to Thomas D’Arcy McGee.
Happy Canada Day!