Joseph Howe

December 13, 1804 – June 1, 1873
Joseph Howe by William James Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Joseph Howe by William James Topley. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

A brilliant journalist and scholar, Joseph Howe of Nova Scotia, was the leader of the anti-Confederation forces in his home province. Canadians today are often surprised to learn that the strongest anti-Canada sentiment came from Nova Scotia. Sir John A. Macdonald, however, convinced Howe to join the Macdonald forces in Ottawa and Howe was later appointed the Queen's Representative, by Macdonald, to Nova Scotia. Howe's story is another reminder of the many commanding and brilliant personalities, from various parts of what today is Canada, who were involved in the Confederation story.