The Quebec Conference

October 10, 1864
Delegates at the Quebec Conference, 1864. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Delegates at the Quebec Conference, 1864. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

On October 10, 1864, a second conference, the Quebec Conference, was held in Quebec City. For two weeks Sir John A. rallied the separate parties with impassioned speeches. His appeal was not just directed to Canadians, but also to those in England and the United States. American power was a reality that had to be contended with. Only a united Canada would have the power to stand up to it. "For the sake of securing peace to ourselves and our posterity," he said. "We must make ourselves powerful. The great security for peace is to convince the world of our strength by being united."