Speech on Formation of the Great Coalition, June 14, 1864 – George Brown

[On June 14, 1864 the short-lived Taché-Macdonald government lost a confidence vote and collapsed. On June 22, the Great Coalition was announced by John A. Macdonald, who read a detailed account of negotiations to the House.] Mr. Brown then rose, evidently labouring under the deepest emotion, which for time almost choked his utterance.  He said… Continue reading Speech on Formation of the Great Coalition, June 14, 1864 – George Brown

Speech to Reform Convention, June 27, 1867 – George Brown

[Brown resigned from cabinet in December 1865, ostensibly due to a dispute with Galt over trade policy. Brown’s biographer explains that there were larger causes at work. With the Quebec Conference over, and its resolutions safely through the Canadian Parliament, the justification for Coalition was at an end. The depths of Brown’s emotions about the… Continue reading Speech to Reform Convention, June 27, 1867 – George Brown

George Brown Moves for Constitutional Committee, March 14, 1864

[Brown’s non-partisan strategy comes to a head, as he calls a debate on his motion to establish a cross-party committee to study the constitution, citing the Liberal-Conservative federation memorandum of 1858. “He stood here as an independent member – as a thoroughly independent member,” Brown declares. At this date, Macdonald, Cartier, and Galt remain opposed… Continue reading George Brown Moves for Constitutional Committee, March 14, 1864

George Brown Introduces Motion for Constitutional Committee, October 12, 1863

[With politics in Canada growing increasingly dysfunctional, Brown renews his call for constitutional change with a novel tactic – citing the 1858 federation dispatch of his Liberal-Conservative opponents, Brown invites his political opponents to agree with their own call for urgent change, and establish a committee to examine the Constitution. For the good of their… Continue reading George Brown Introduces Motion for Constitutional Committee, October 12, 1863

Speech to Liberal Convention of Upper Canada, November 10, 1859 – George Brown

[George Brown’s decisive speech to the Great Reform Convention of 1859, urging the convention to adopt resolutions in favour of federalizing Upper and Lower Canada, under “some joint authority” to govern matters common to both. By pushing divisive issues down to the local governments, Brown argues Canada can “terminate the strifes of race and creed… Continue reading Speech to Liberal Convention of Upper Canada, November 10, 1859 – George Brown

Policy of the Brown-Dorion Administration – August, 1858

[A major speech given in the aftermath of Brown’s two-day government of 1858, outlining the negotiation with Lower Canada’s Antoine-Aimé Dorion leading to Canada’s first government pledged to constitutional reform. In return for representation by population, Brown agrees to “constitutional checks, constitutional protections” for Lower Canada’s special interests and institutions, an important step toward Canadian… Continue reading Policy of the Brown-Dorion Administration – August, 1858

To the Electors of the City of Toronto, Globe, August 21, 1858 – George Brown

[Just ejected from government after only two days in power, Brown addresses his constituents seeking re-election. Acknowledging charges of abandoning his principles – Brown maintains his government was committed to representation by population, but with certain “constitutional protections” for Upper and Lower Canada. “My Government was formed with a special view to the removal of… Continue reading To the Electors of the City of Toronto, Globe, August 21, 1858 – George Brown

George Brown: The Reformer: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

MLI paper explores the role of George Brown in the establishment of Confederation OTTAWA, February 7, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to showcase the first paper of its Confederation Series. Authored by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Alastair Gillespie, with an introduction by former Reform Party leader Preston Manning, this paper offers a unique… Continue reading George Brown: The Reformer: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

George Brown, Speech in the Confederation Debates – February 8, 1865

This major speech represents the culmination of George Brown’s 15-year campaign for constitutional reform and representation by population, and is in itself an important description of the historical grievances underlying the 1867 constitution. Bearing the marks of a man long-accustomed to Opposition, and to some extent still speaking from an Upper Canada point of view,… Continue reading George Brown, Speech in the Confederation Debates – February 8, 1865

“Dispatches from 1865” on George Brown: 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. George Brown argued that Confederation would resolve many of the serious injustices that people faced. By Alastair C. F. Gillespie, February 6, 2015 The Hon. George Brown, President of the Council, today… Continue reading “Dispatches from 1865” on George Brown: Alastair Gillespie