Despite the Charlottetown Conference, the Maritimes was pretty hesitant about Confederation

P.E.I. may have hosted the Confederation-jumpstarting Charlottetown Conference, but quickly shied away when the negotiations got serious. Instead of union, New Brunswick favoured a better trade deal with the Americans.

Nova Scotia’s Confederation opponents, meanwhile, even dispatched a special team to London in a last-minute bid to lobby the United Kingdom into scuttling the whole Confederation project.

From the start, the Maritimes was the most hesitant partner in Confederation — and it...

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