I am still looking at the life and times of British Columbia's ninth premier, John Robson. Personally, I like this guy. He seems to have been a true rebel and someone who was interested in advancing the province for the good of the people.
When I left off Monday, a new council had been appointed and these men were against joining the confederation of Canada - something that Robson fully supported. He continued to strongly encourage the people of the colony to support becoming a province of Canada.
Robson said that the union with Canada was now a "foregone conclusion". And Robson was in favour of most of the proposed terms of the union although he protested against the colonial secretary's assertion that British Columbia was not ready for responsible government. “No union,” he explained, “can be equitable and just which does not give the colony equal political power – equal control over their own local affairs with that possessed by the people of the provinces with which it is to unite.”
Robson wasn't happy with the choices for the delegation because, Helmcken, Joseph William Trutch and Robert William Weir Carrall opposed responsible government.
David Higgins - Robson's publisher - agreed with the editor and politician. Together, the two men guaranteed the expenses of lobbyist, Henry E. Seelye, to inform the federal government that any terms that excluded responsible government would not be agreeable to the people of British Columbia. A compromise solution allowed the province to adopt responsible government if it wished wasn't ideal but Robson accepted the new constitution. On July 20, 1871, British Columbia entered the confederation and became part of Canada.
As before, I am getting my information from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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