On July 1, 1867, celebrations occurred nationwide as confederation passed and Canada became an independent country.
With the uniting of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the Dominion of Canada was created. Obtaining the right to confederation was a long and difficult process. In September 1864, Canadians proposed the idea of a Canadian Confederation at the Charlettown conference (Waite). Two years later in December 1866, delegates from Canada attended another conference in London, England, in order to further discuss these plans.
This historical meeting was chaired by Sir John A. Macdonald, and the future "Fathers of Confederation" all attended. Queen Victoria approved the British North America act On March 29, 1867, and it was put into place on July 1, 1867 (Canada and the making). Confederation is the most significant event that has ever occurred in Canada. It not only created a unique and stable country, but also established a federal form of government, while at the same time protecting the heritage of our French Canadian citizens. Canada's birth was different from the birth of any other nation. Its creation was not achieved through war or revolution.
It was not a popular uprising of people. Nor was it a call for independence by Great Britain (Waite). It was merely a group of people with a dream for a promising country who obtained this through a process of negotiation. Confederation allowed Canada to become an independent country that would be strong economically.
At that time, Canadians feared the United States' idea for Manifest Density, by which they hoped to take over all of North America. Confederation stopped this in its tracks (Bain et al. 2). As well, the cancellation of the free trade agreement with all of North America due to the establishment of Confederation raised Canada's economic status. By uniting the provinces the completion of the Canadian railway was enabled. This incr..