Alexander Galt, Speech in the Confederation Debates – February 7, 1865

Hon. Mr. GALT said,—Mr. Speaker, I trust the House will, on this occasion, extend to me the indulgence with which I have often previously been flavored when I have addressed it on subjects relating to the commercial and financial interests of this province; for I am now required to follow the very able and eloquent… Continue reading Alexander Galt, Speech in the Confederation Debates – February 7, 1865

Federation Dispatch II: Cartier, Ross and Galt to Lytton (Confidential), October 25, 1858

[The following confidential letter was sent by the Canadian delegates alongside the preceding document. Also penned by Galt, it sets out a detailed proposal for the composition of the federal government and the division of powers between the federation and the provinces. The letter also contains language that has become the basis of a modern… Continue reading Federation Dispatch II: Cartier, Ross and Galt to Lytton (Confidential), October 25, 1858

The Federation Dispatch I: Cartier, Ross and Galt to Rt. Hon Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Secretary of State for the Colonies, October 23, 1858

[Federation was adopted as official policy by the new Cartier-Macdonald government, many historians crediting Galt for persuading Cartier to alter his longstanding opposition to constitutional change, especially any change to Lower Canada’s equality of representation with Upper Canada. Cartier, John Ross and Galt proceeded to England that fall as delegates of Canada, pressing the case… Continue reading The Federation Dispatch I: Cartier, Ross and Galt to Rt. Hon Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Secretary of State for the Colonies, October 23, 1858

Alexander Galt’s Address to the Electors of the Town of Sherbrooke, August 17, 1858

[In July 1858, the Macdonald-Cartier government was defeated in a vote opposing Queen Victoria’s choice of Ottawa as the seat of government, and though winning an express confidence vote immediately afterward,  chose to resign in order to make political capital of the issue. Doing so they sprung a trap on their rival George Brown, who… Continue reading Alexander Galt’s Address to the Electors of the Town of Sherbrooke, August 17, 1858

Alexander Galt’s Speech on Federation, Legislative Assembly, July 5 and 7, 1858

[ In a historic speech delivered to the House July 5 and July 7, 1858, Galt argues federalism will cure Canada’s sectional conflict and provide the platform for national expansion to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Denouncing the sectionalism, partisanship and personal attacks that had paralyzed Canadian politics, Galt declares the conflict between Upper and Lower… Continue reading Alexander Galt’s Speech on Federation, Legislative Assembly, July 5 and 7, 1858

Alexander Galt: The Federalist: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

MLI paper explores the role of Alexander Galt in the establishment of Confederation OTTAWA, April 19, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to showcase the third paper of its Confederation Series, written by Munk Senior Fellow Alastair Gillespie. With an introduction by former Prime Minister Paul Martin, this paper examines Alexander Galt’s role in… Continue reading Alexander Galt: The Federalist: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

Alexander Tilloch Galt, Speech on the Proposed Union of the British North American Provinces – November 23, 1864

Delivered shortly after the Quebec Conference of October 1864, Alexander Galt presents the coalition government’s comprehensive official case in favour of Confederation. The honour likely fell to Galt in recognition of his leading role as an advocate for Canadian federalism, having introduced federalist resolutions to the Canadian legislature in 1858, and later that year joining… Continue reading Alexander Tilloch Galt, Speech on the Proposed Union of the British North American Provinces – November 23, 1864

“Dispatches from 1865” on George-Étienne Cartier and A.T. Galt: Alastair Gillespie

Munk Senior Fellow Alastair Gillespie, who leads the MLI Confederation Project, explores how leading statesmen from 1865 articulate the political challenges they grappled with. Here he looks at George-Étienne Cartier and A.T. Galt. By Alastair C. F. Gillespie, February 5, 2015 George-Étienne Cartier and A.T. Galt today addressed a packed house of assembly, entering the second day of… Continue reading “Dispatches from 1865” on George-Étienne Cartier and A.T. Galt: Alastair Gillespie