THE GLOBE – EDITORIAL (April 19, 186_)
In the days, weeks, and years I stood at my office window before today, I had never encountered any thoughts that led me to believe that an act of Confederation would bring any kind of joy or respite to our bustling metropolis of Toronto. However, in wake of recent events that have pushed our fractured lands towards unity, I ask for the forgiveness of our Mother Country, and above all, God, when I firmly place my beliefs behind the movement of Confederation and urge my fellow Torontonians, and future Canadians, to do so as well.
Readers of our publication must be well-acquainted with my frequent tirades towards our neighbours, the Catholics and French-Canadians. Their despotic nature and policies have no less run the Province of Canada into the ground every time they take (short-lived) power in the Legislature. Assuredly, Confederation will grant us our deserved majority in the new “House of Commons”, where members will finally be represented in proportion to the population of their riding. No longer will the English-speaking majority support a bill and find it later frozen in political deadlock, with equal membership from Canada West and East struggling in a pitiful fight. In our new system, Canada West will receive at least a dozen more seats than its eastern counterparts, finally giving our leaders and politicians the power necessary to pass laws with ease. This reformative action will be a step towards creating a simpler government that all citizens can understand and influence. The so called ‘politics’ of decision making will be limited to elected representatives carrying out the wishes of their electors.
I have also seen the distrust and fear of our residents towards the bloody and savage battles occurring not 200 miles south of Lake Ontario. America may still be divided and broiled in civil war, but no man in his right mind should mistake that for weakness. Its military could roll over the majority of our land in weeks. Torontonians still remember horrific tales of drunk soldiers ransacking and burning their grandfathers’ business in the War of 1812, leaving nothing but destruction and despair behind. If we are to avoid a repeat of this catastrophe, our only solution is to bind together our colonies, not separate them further. Having a unified government will also centralize tax dollars and economic funds, by which we can protect the resource-rich west and Rupert’s Land from greedy American hands that plan to encroach our God-given territory at any given moment.
One may ask, then, why do we not remain a faithful servant of England and the great power of Her Majesty? They provide us with military support, money from exports, and above all, the comfort of knowing that we are protected by the most powerful nation the Earth has ever seen. I must admit that until a few years ago, I saw this as the best reason to stay as a colony of England. But I have heard first-hand, and I quote directly, that Britons “want the Canadians clearly to understand that England would not be sorry to see them depart from her tomorrow.” Do we really want to be seen as such a disservice to Her Majesty that our relationship with England might deteriorate to the level at which America coldly approaches her? Added together, British North America’s resources are more than enough to sustain its people, and still provide trade barter between other nations. More importantly, the Victorian way of living has become embedded into our current lifestyle, and Confederation would not damage that. Our Mother Country would welcome Confederation with open arms, providing a wonderful thing that can only exist during the parting of ways between a parent and child: that of the promise of support without being overbearing, and the gift of individuality.
Citizens of Toronto, there is no better time than now for the citizens of our land to join hands and form a nation that honours and defends its own interests, while still remaining faithful to the land that discovered and raised us to maturity. I hope that this new cause, once seen to its fullest potential, will be able to bring all of our citizens financial stability without uncertainty, well-being without worry, and above all, freedom without corruption.
Respectfully, and always sincerely,