Dear John A. Macdonald,
This idea of confederation that is so deeply ingrained in your mind is a complete fabrication, undeniably unrealistic for many colonies across Canada. I must admit that it sounds splendid in theory, a united nation where all identities are protected, celebrated, and connected. There are many benefits that intrigue me, such as the increased defence against America. However, on behalf of those who reside in Prince Edward Island (PEI), I’d like to inform you that confederation would hinder, rather than help, our colony.
If we were to confederate with Canada, our voices would be completely diminished, due to the proposed “rep by pop” system. Currently, we are able to make decisions that cater to our own needs, as we have a fair amount of independence. We deserve to have control over ourselves, if we don’t agree with others then we shouldn’t have to listen to them. Confederation would force us to follow the larger colonies, and we wouldn’t even be able to oppose them because of our small population. The fact that we would hardly get any representatives is absolutely enraging, why should our size affect our ability to contribute to political decisions?
One of your strongest arguments is that the railroad would increase trade between colonies, therefore improving our economy. Although there is some truth to this, installing the railroad would have more negative repercussions than positive, especially from the point of view of PEI. For example, we already have strong connections with England and America, we don’t need to trade with more people. A railroad would just drain our resources, and eventually we would reach a severe economic decline.
On a similar note, our economy is doing extremely well at the moment. We are flourishing on our own, so why not continue being autonomous? Confederation would bring us a step back, erase all of the hard work that got us where we are today. We are going to stay strong, stand our ground, and say no to confederation. Our individuality and overall well-being is worth fighting for.
Thomas Heath Haviland