Why should Nova Scotia join confederation?
Nova Scotia is one of the three Maritime Provinces found in Canada. Although it is the second smallest province in Canada, it is the second most populous province as well. The inhabitants of Nova Scotia are the Mi’kmaq. The Mi’kmaq was said the first inhabitants of the land ever since the first colony of Europe arrived. Nova Scotia is situated in a location that is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
Before Nova Scotia belonged to one of the provinces of Canada, the province was first under the rule of France. The British Empire then attempted to settle in it but due to conflicting interests between France and Great Britain that arose; this led to a long struggle for control. Finally, through a peace treaty named 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, Nova Scotia was acquired and ruled by the British. After a series of battles, the idea of forming a confederation sprouted in 1774. Revisions were made and after several years, the Canadian Confederation was formed. The confederation officially begun on July 1, 1867, which were consists of the provinces Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia, as well as the other provinces, should join the confederation at that time because the union can establish relationships between the colonies that will help each other prosper. With the great number of people residing in Nova Scotia, along with its main industry of fishing, shipping and shipbuilding, agriculture and natural resource, its economy will find stronger foundation. With the confederation, an inter-colony railroad can be made to improve trade, military movement, and transportation and a more stable political system can be expected. And, to top it off, joining the confederation which has a citadel under the British rule can help protect Nova Scotia from foreign colonizers.