Early Corruption in Confederation; Fathers of Differing Opinions!

by Cody Chenier

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ABSTRACT

The 1867 Confederation proved to be the pivotal moment in which Canadian partisanship did not play against one another and in turn allowed for the creation of a nation. The Canadian population has always looked at our founding fathers with great satisfaction and overwhelming gratitude. So much that they have forgotten that much like our current governments, they were swimming in scandals.
This research topic delved into the hidden doors of the federal government and examines past and previously unprovoked agendas of our founding fathers. The hypothesis is that the founding fathers used confederation as a means to implement their own agendas, resulting in the mismanagement and overall disappointing first 30 years in power.
Certain founding fathers such as Herbert Langevin, Hugh Macdonald, Sir Alexander Galt, Sir John A Macdonald and several others have been either publicly ridiculed for their corruptive behaviour or no one pieced together their deceptive plans. This presentation hopefully opens the eyes to our glorified leaders and humanized them in a way so we may appreciate the times they lived in.

KEYWORDS

Corruption, Founding Fathers, Uncover, Confederation

BIOGRAPHY

Cody Chenier is a fourth year Political Science Major with a minor in Canadian Studies. He specialized in Quebec politics and the new form of separatism that is sweeping the province. He is currently research how Quebec hopes to separate through forms of bilateral agreements with other countries separate from Canada in the hopes of becoming economically dependable from those agreements. A resident of Kazabazua (Quebec), Cody Chenier is enthralled by the notion of identity within Canada. Previous reports and future considerations for Masters degrees will look into contradicting narratives within the Canadian identity and play on the heartstrings of its citizens. Cody Chenier will travel abroad this summer in hopes to collect data and become accustomed to various cultures and understand their identity and what aspects force them to behave the way they do.

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