“Morning Chronicle,” [Quebec] Morning Chronicle (6 February 1865)
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Quebec, Feb. 6, 1865.
The Hon. Attorney General Macdonald introduces, this evening, for the consideration of Parliament, the Resolutions relative to the proposed Union of the British North American Provinces. It is understood that after this preliminary step is taken a week’s delay of further debate upon the resolutions will supervene. This will afford time for members to confer with their constituents, or to prepare themselves by acquiring, if necessary, a more intimate knowledge of the details of the scheme—a fair and candid arrangement.
In other columns of this morning’s issue will be found the able and eloquent speech of the Hon. E.P. Tache upon the introduction of his motion for an address to Her Majesty upon the subject of Confederation. In offering his resolution the honorable Premier took occasions to place before the Legislative Council a very lucid exposition of the present situation of Canada, both as regards our domestic status and the relative position in which circumstances have placed us with our powerful neighbors. There is no man in the country whose judgment, experience and patriotism can be relied upon with more entire confidence than those of Colonel Tache. To the practical and professional knowledge of what has been and can be done in defensive warfare by a well organised militia, the honorable gentleman adds the calm and comprehensive views of experienced statesmanship. These particular qualifications make the opinion and the recommendations coming from such a source more than ordinarily valuable; and causes the rejection of the one or the neglect of the other to be tantamount to a wilful abandonment of the destinies of our young and promising country to the blind chance of events; which, as the gallant Colonel truly said, will, unguided and uncared-for, necessarily lead to its absorption by the neighboring republic. At present our space is sorely taxed; and we are compelled to reject much that we would desire to publish; but we should have been alike wanting in our duty as public journalists and in justice to the Premier had we not made a sacrifice of other matter in order to aid in giving this talented and admirable address the publicity it so richly merits. Let every man in Canada who has a doubt about Confederation read this unanswerable speech.