Battling for Confedration Credit and its Spoils
A Journey into Canada-150
As Canada 150 celebrations roll across the country, there is a push from Prince Edward Island to get Charlottetown officially declared the “birthplace of Confederation” – but another Maritime province says PEI is hogging the spotlight, reports The Globe and Mail.
Charlottetown’s claim to Confederation fame stems from a conference the city hosted in 1864 in which delegates from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec decided to unite their colonies into a single nation.
Why all the fuss? Tourism. The federal government says international visits to Canada were up 11 per cent last year, and it hopes the trend will continue in 2017 – along with a healthy boost to the Canadian economy. New Brunswick wants a piece of the action.