New While the events recorded in the last chap-Brunswick. ter were taking place, the people of New Brunswick were beginning to look with more favour on the idea of Confederation. The governor, as Nvell as the legislative council, desired a union of the provinces, but the governor's advisers still strongly objected to it. ~:nder these circumstances it was difficult to care- on the government. Earl} in 1866 the ministers resigned, and \Ir. Leonard Tillev, who had been one of the representatives of New Brunswick at the Quebec conference, formed a government. Soon afterwards there was another general election, and the people, who had entirely changed their minds since the election of the year before, sent up to parliament an overwhelming majority of unionists.
Nova A few weeks later the assembly of Nova
Scotia. Scotia passed resolutions in favour of union, but as there had been no general election since the question arose, the action of parliament in this case did not show the real feeling of the people ; and afterwards there were loud complaints that Nova Scotia had been forced into Confederation. Joseph Howe, though he had once been inclined to approve of a union of all the provinces, took this view.
Meanwhile, Prince Edward Island steadily refused to
be drawn into the scheme on any consideration whatever. >(
The The statesmen of Canada, however, were
Provincial already making arrangements for the pro-Parliaments. vincial parliaments which were to control the local affairs of Upper and Lower Canada after