THE QUEBEC SCHE~IIE OP CONFEDERATION.
The Meeting Early in October, 1864, thirty-three gentle-at Quebec. men, representing the provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, a n d -Newfoundland,
gathered in the pic-
turesque old city of
Quebec to discuss ~tr
plans of union. They
met in the Parlia-
ment Buildings day ` j
after day for nearly three weeks. At the end of that time they had prepared a scheme of Confederation to lay before t h e parliaments of the different provinces. No outsider had been allowed to listen to their discussions, and it was in-tended that the plan should be kept secret
till the several par-°r,Ev Vicroxin In 1864.
liaments met. But in souse Nvay the secret escaped, and soon the people everywhere were talking of Con-federation.
In this history it is impossible to give more The Plan. than a very short account of the plan of union. It was proposed that there should be one central