By J.M.S. Careless
George Brown (1818-1880) used to be the influential editor of the Toronto Globe, the main strong newspaper in British North the United States. He was once additionally chief of the Liberal social gathering, arch-rival of John A. Macdonald, and the statesman who held the main to Confederation at its most important degree. This moment quantity strains the sectional clash that introduced political impasse by means of 1864 and makes transparent Brown’s very important functionality find a manner out. It additionally units out in meticulous aspect his profession after leaving occasion club in 1867. This complete two-volume biography of George Brown was once first released in 1959 (volume 1) and 1963 (volume 2). In 1963, Professor Careless obtained the Governor General’s Award for the total biography.
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120 Truly, the tide seemed to have swung back to Reform that autumn. Orangemen massing at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto, early in October, proved they were not yet mollified. 121 Moreover, in the elections under way that month for a portion of the Legislative Council seats, Reformers made increasing headway in Upper Canada. Malcolm Cameron, for one, gained a Council place, while the Lambton seat he thus vacated in the Assembly was taken shortly afterwards by an old Sarnia friend of Brown's, Hope Mackenzie, Alexander's brother.
Short, and by way of a postscript. It was almost as if he himself had lost heart in the project after all the trials, frustrations, and disappointments of the past two months. He was doing his part, but as a duty; failure was foredoomed. There would be no strong vote, he could not help but see. Indeed, the whole debate was an anticlimax, compared with the intense discussions that had raged within Upper Canada Reform. As it transpired, federation had come in under the worst auspices of delay and discord, and the government side had scarcely to take it seriously at all.
Furthermore, the idea of federation in Reform circles was far from dead. It had been filed away, like British North American union among Conservatives, for future reference if it ever should seem feasible. And George Brown's main share in stamping that idea on his party at the Convention, in the Address, and during the session of 1860, would be remembered long after his failure with the resolutions in that year had been forgotten. "84 6 However important, the constitutional problem was not Brown's only preoccupation in parliament that hectic spring.