Carnarvon Terms

CARNARVON TERMS were a set of proposals submitted in 1874 by the British colonial secretary Lord Carnarvon in an attempt to resolve the dispute between BC and the federal government over the construction of the transcontinental railway. BC had been promised a rail link as a precondition of its entry into CONFEDERATION in 1871. When the Liberal administration of Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie weakened its commitment to the project, British Columbians grew impatient. In London BC's agent...

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