- Question 2
- During the Confederation
debate of the 1860s, Thompson published a treatise advocating that Canada
retain her ties to the British Crown.
In the 1860s, when the Dominion was above with talk of Confederation,
Thompson waded into the debate about whether Canada should remain
British or become a republic. He published his opinion in 1864, in
a work entitled "The Future Government of Canada," where he stated
that the time had come for Canada to cease her connection with the
British Empire. "Canada can exist as an independent nation, not a
monarchy or aristocracy. What could be more ridiculous than to bestow
class privileges because of the achievements of some remote ancestor?
Remove all distinction and bestow upon all the same advantages, regardless
of race, creed, colour or condition. Give all a fair start in the
race of life."