Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, 22 February 1871, Prince Edward Island Confederation with Canada.

HON. ATTORNEY GENERAL [...] The fact was, that every gentleman in Charlottetown knew that Mr. Sullivan, in looking over the Poll Books,—as he had a right to do—first deserved their defeats. The disservices made, took everybody by surprise; but the hon. member would try to make it appear that the whole afair was a Confederate dodge! [...]
[Mr. McMILLAN] All I now about the matter is, that when Judge Hensley accepted a seat on the Bench, the Liberals wanted a leader, and I think that our own ranks did not furnish one under whom I would be more willing to act, than the Hon. Attorney General, if he would only keep out of Confederation. [...]
Hon. LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT [...] A great many people had been led to believe that a railroad meant Confederation, and that the present Government were not to be trusted with its construction; but those who had been imposed upon, had been politically duped. He had only the other day heard a member of the Opposition say that he looked upon the Hon. Attorney General as the man whom he would like to see leader of the Opposition. He had invited him to come over to the Government side ofthe House, and he believed the hon. member would yet do so. Although that hon. member was at a meeting held at the Linkletter Road where the railroad was opposed, yet a majority of his constituents would support it. The people of the Linkletter Road were close to a good shipping place, and that was the reason why they were careless about the Railroad.


The Parliamentary Reporter of Debates and Proceedings of the House of Assembly. Charlottetown: The Examiner, 1871-1872. Microfilm copies provided by the Prince Edward Island Libraries and Archives.



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