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Throughout the ages many colonies of earlier empires have arisen from their colonial status to become their own country For many of these such as the United States French Indochina and many African nations their was a common culture which served as a base for uniting their population In Canada however their were two very different cultures present the French and the English These two peoples had originally had many battles to see who would hold dominance over the colony and now they had to unite if their was any hope of achieving confederation The French people of lower Canada and the English people of Upper Canada had many differences and werent extremely trustworthy of each other The French Canadians were in a tough spot when the call for confederation came around They were afraid of losing their culture if they joined the Canadian confederacy but they also didnt want to get assimilated into the United States The French Canadian attitudes towards confederation in the eighteen sixtys can best be seen through the views of the leading French Canadian politicians of the day In French Canada around the period of confederacy their were two main political parties the bleus and the rouges In the 1860s the leading French Canadian party was the conservative bleu party This party had the largest bloc of French Canadian legislative seats in parliament1 The leader of this party at the time that confederacy was being debated by leading Canadian politicians was George Etienne Cartier Cartier was born in 18142 and his grandfather had been a member of the Lower Canadian assembly in 18093 Prior to becoming a French leader in the move towards confederation Cartier had been involved in the Rebellion of 1837 that was lead by Louis Joseph Papineau4 When the question of confederation came up Cartier was quick to add his support to the movement At the time their had
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