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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

The North American Colonies, as Represented by Canada

The North American Colonies, as Represented by Canada.

Some people may have an idea that Canada is a land of perpetual snow. It is far from it, except in the extreme North. In the occupied regions the winters are severe, but the cold is still and dry, not so trying, therefore, as our incessant changes, damp, and east wind. The summer, moreover, is constant and delightful. The Dominion is somewhat larger than Australasia, nearly as large, therefore, as all Europe, and very nearly the same size as the United States. But instead of having fifty million inhabitants it has but five, and of these nearly one-fourth are Frenchmen, industrious, sober, and most loyally attached to England, and so unlike their brethren in Europe that they can scarcely be reconciled to change in anything at any price. We promised their fathers in the last century their language and their customs. We have kept our word, and they hold us to our bond to the great inconvenience of public life and the hindrance of progress. But an event has lately occurred of the deepest moment to Canada and the entire British empire. Not a war, nor a revolution, nor an earthquake, but the triumph of science, the victory of the iron horse. In ten years a railway has been driven three thousand miles, and the Atlantic Ocean has been joined to the Pacific. A vast region has thus been opened to commercial enterprise—most fertile and productive in many parts, and, besides this, a new route is secured between Great Britain, India, and Australasia.

From the seven provinces of Ontario and Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, each with a local legislature bound solidly together in loyalty and attachment to the empire by the Dominion page 12 Parliament, and from the newest route to the East, let us cross the Atlantic to the old road round the Cape, and stop at