Causes Of Bc Joining Confederation

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As British Columbia became larger talks about it joining confederation began to arise. Confederationists began to propose the idea of BC joining Canada, but a large amount of people also wanted to join the United States or maintain ties with Britain. A hearing was held that had equal sides anti-confederationists and confederationists. Just then Governor Seymour died and Anthony Musgrave was appointed to become his replacement. Musgrave went around to the annexationists and anti-confederationists winning them over and getting terms from them. One of those being a railway, which was said to be put in within 10 years. BC joined confederation in 1871 and went on to have its debt wiped clean thanks to the Federal government.
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