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Charlottetown and Québec Conferences of 1864

The Fathers of Confederation "The Fathers of Confederation" by Robert Harris. The original painting was installed in the Parliament Buildings in 1883 and destroyed during the 1916 fire. The image that currently hangs in the Center Block is a reproduction by Rex Woods commissioned to mark Canada's centennial year in 1967 and features 37 figures: the 36 Fathers of Confederation and the secretary Hewitt Bernard.
© House of Commons Collection, Ottawa

In the fall of 1864, the political leaders of British North America attended meetings in Charlottetown and Québec during which they laid out the fundamental principles that led to the creation of the new country of Canada on July 1, 1867.

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