Tributes to Sir Charles Tupper by Sir Robert Borden and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, House of Commons, February 7, 1916

Resolved, that the House of Commons of Canada desires to express its deep sense of the loss sustained by the Dominion and the Empire in the death of the late Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Tupper, Baronet, G.C.M.G., C.B. For many years a commanding fixture in the Parliament and Government of this Dominion in the confederation,… Continue reading Tributes to Sir Charles Tupper by Sir Robert Borden and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, House of Commons, February 7, 1916

Turn of the Tide, Legislative Assembly, Halifax, April 3, 1866

[Ed. In an unexplained incident of Confederation, William Miller, to this point a key Nova Scotian opponent of the Quebec plan of Confederation, performs an about face and delivers this major speech in favour of Confederation. While we can’t be sure of the reasons for Miller’s change of heart, his call for a revised plan… Continue reading Turn of the Tide, Legislative Assembly, Halifax, April 3, 1866

Tupper’s reply to Joseph Howe, House of Commons, Ottawa, November 8, 1867

[Ed. At one of the first meetings of the new Canadian parliament in Ottawa, Charles Tupper replies to Joseph Howe’s denunciation of Nova Scotia’s union with Canada against her will. With the Nova Scotia legislature calling for repeal of the Union, and with himself the sole supporter of Confederation elected to the first parliament from… Continue reading Tupper’s reply to Joseph Howe, House of Commons, Ottawa, November 8, 1867

“Union of the Colonies” – Speech by the Honourable Charles Tupper, March 28, 1864

[Ed.: Arguing that a Confederation of all the provinces is still far off, Tupper moves the resolution that led to the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, authorizing the appointment of provincial delegates to consider Maritime Union – the union of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island under one government. Tupper sees union of the… Continue reading “Union of the Colonies” – Speech by the Honourable Charles Tupper, March 28, 1864

“Union of the Colonies” – Speech by the Honourable Provincial Secretary Charles Tupper, April 10, 1865

[Ed.: With Confederation at an impasse in the aftermath of Tilley’s defeat in the New Brunswick elections, and facing rising anti-Confederation sentiment in his own province, Tupper asks the legislature to authorize renewed talks for Maritime Union. Not daring to seek approval of the plan of union adopted at the Quebec Conference of October 1864,… Continue reading “Union of the Colonies” – Speech by the Honourable Provincial Secretary Charles Tupper, April 10, 1865

“Confederation Retrospective” – Speech by Sir Charles Tupper to Banquet held in his Honour, Halifax, 1883

[Ed. In the following extract, Tupper reminisces about the difficulties he faced as Premier in carrying Confederation. The speech is perhaps most noteworthy for its description of Tupper’s reconciliation with Joseph Howe, the most formidable opponent of Confederation in Nova Scotia and in 1868 the leader of a delegation to London seeking repeal of the… Continue reading “Confederation Retrospective” – Speech by Sir Charles Tupper to Banquet held in his Honour, Halifax, 1883

“The Political Condition of British North America” – Speech by Charles Tupper, Mechanics’ Institute, St. John, 1860

Independently of the great Red River and Saskatchewan country lying between Canada and the Rocky Mountains, and the gold-bearing district of British Columbia between those mountains and the Pacific – an immense country now fast rising into importance – we find these five British North American provinces, with a population larger than the old colonies… Continue reading “The Political Condition of British North America” – Speech by Charles Tupper, Mechanics’ Institute, St. John, 1860