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Stories of Confederation

Éric Bédard on the most decisive moment leading up to Confederation

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Watch this video clip, or read the transcript below. What are the main points?


THINK

Éric Bédard argues that the Québec Conference was the most important moment leading up to Confederation. Do you agree with him? Explain why or why not.

Tip: Think about the Historical Thinking concept of historical significance. Moments in history and primary sources are considered historically significant if they result in change, reveal something important about history or occupy a meaningful place in the historical narrative


DO

Choose the event that you think is the most important moment that led to Confederation. Make a short one-minute video explaining your choice. Don’t forget to use historical evidence to back up your claim.


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Date 2015
Object Origin Central
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Credit / Object Number Canadian Museum of History, 2015

Transcript

The most important moment was the Quebec Conference of 1864 because it was really during the Quebec Conference that the model for what would become the Canada of 1867 the British North America Act was drawn up. It was at the Quebec Conference that delegates decided to agree upon the idea of a monarchy and the idea of a federation. These are the two bases of what would become the Canada of 1867. 

Historical Context

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  • In this video clip, historian Éric Bédard shares what he believes was the most important moment leading up to Confederation: the Québec Conference of 1864.
  • The Québec Conference took place after the Charlottetown Conference. Delegates decided on the structure of parliament and the division of powers between federal and provincial governments.

  • In this video clip, historian Éric Bédard shares what he believes was the most important moment leading up to Confederation: the Québec Conference of 1864.
  • The Québec Conference took place after the Charlottetown Conference. Delegates decided on the structure of parliament and the division of powers between federal and provincial governments.

Summary

  • In this video clip, historian Éric Bédard shares what he believes was the most important moment leading up to Confederation: the Québec Conference of 1864.
  • The Québec Conference took place after the Charlottetown Conference. Delegates decided on the structure of parliament and the division of powers between federal and provincial governments.

Essential

In this video clip, historian Éric Bédard shares what he believes was the most important moment leading up to Confederation: the Québec Conference of 1864.

At the Québec Conference, which followed the Charlottetown Conference, the Fathers of Confederation debated and drafted a blueprint for the British North America Act.  In the process, they created the basis of Canada’s Constitution.


In-Depth

In this video clip, historian Éric Bédard shares what he believes was the most important moment leading up to Confederation: the Québec Conference of 1864.

At the Québec Conference, which took place a month after the Charlottetown Conference, the Fathers of Confederation debated and drafted a blueprint for the British North America Act. In particular, they decided on the structure and operation of parliament and on the distribution of powers between the federal and provincial governments. In the process, they created the basis of Canada’s Constitution.

As Bédard states in this clip, Confederation rested on two pillars: the idea of monarchy and of a federation. Queen Victoria and her successors would remain as head of state, and the individual provinces would federate, or unite, under one centralized government while still retaining jurisdiction over local matters.


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