Galt's Resolutions on Federation, 1858

Historical Note

Alexander Galt was Minister of Finance in the Macdonald-Cartier government at the time of these resolutions, and a major advocate for federation of all the British North American provinces.

Document Summary:
Galt states that:

  • The House of Assembly of the Province of Canada supports a "Federative Union by the subdivision of the province into two or more divisions…."

  • Called for the proposed federal government to govern the North-western and Hudson's Bay territories.

  • The inclusion of the Maritime provinces in the union.