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What were the pros and cons of Prince Edward Island joining the confederation?

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AnswerIn the early 1870s the colony began construction of a railway, however with mounting construction debts, and under pressure from Great Britain's Colonial Office, negotiations with Canada were reinstated. In 1873, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, anxious to thwart American expansionism and facing the distraction of the Pacific Scandal, conceded to a request that the federal government assume the colony's railway debts, and also agreed to financing a buy-out of the last of the colony's absentee landlords to free the island of leasehold tenure. Another equally important condition was for the federal government to provide "efficient steamship service" to the mainland. Prince Edward Island entered Confederation with little fanfare on July 1, 1873.

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If PEI joining Canada than Canada would build a bridge called, "Confederation Bridge" from Canada to PEI, in order to avoid isolation.

If PEI joined Canada, Canada would also pay off the debt that PEI has.

If PEI joined Canada, they are also part of a bigger group, and therefore safer from attacks from other countries, especially from America.

If PEI joined Canada, Canada would buy off the PEI's land from the British. Because at the time of confederation, no PEI farmer owned their land, they had to pay rent to a British person called, Absentee Landlord.

If PEI didn't join Canada, they would suffer from debt, isolation and a low population.

But if PEI joined Canada, will such as small place, so far away from Ottawa, with a small population be heard by the government?

If PEI didn't join Canada, they don't have to learn french, and this can be viewed as a con or a pro.

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