George-Étienne Cartier & Sir John A. (confederation)

1815-1873
Hon. John A. Macdonald, Hon. George-Etienne Cartier and Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Irvine. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Hon. John A. Macdonald, Hon. George-Etienne Cartier and Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Irvine. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Macdonald and Cartier were united in their commitment to integrate the Maritimes into Confederation at the Charlottetown Conference (1864). Cartier led the negotiations for the 1870 purchase of Hudson's Bay Company lands in the west, and supported Macdonald's concept of a transcontinental railway as an incentive to bring Manitoba (1870) and British Columbia (1871) into Confederation. He tabled the bill in the House of Commons that proposed the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (35 Vict., c.71).