What were the arguments against Ontario joining Confederation?
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Confederation was risky as it had small colonies joining with the very much larger province of Canada (today's Ontario and Quebec). History has shown those concerns to be valid as today Canada is moving from a Confederation in which each Nation is equal to a Federation dominated by the most populous provinces.
The West Canadians were against the confederation of Canada for many reasons. For one, a plan was formed to build a railway across Canada. This would cost a grand amount of money. They were also against the confederation because of taxes being sent away to the Eastern parts of Canada. Canada West is the term used to describe Upper Canada after unification of Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada. After confederation they…
Many in Newfoundland didn't want to join the confederation because they felt they had more independence by being part of the British Colonies. On the other hand, the British government was going to cut off financial help, and Canada was willing to pay the bills, so some thought joining the confederation was a good idea.