We are looking for a one-piece cover for our new book: The Confederation Debates,1865. For the first time since their original publication, we are republishing the debates in full. These founding debates are crucial to the creation of Canada as a unified country. These debates led ultimately to the drafting of the first Constitution of an independent Canada, the British North America Act of 1867. There will be a few volumes to this collection including a stand-alone index.
Why we’re republishing them?
We’ve decided to republish the debates to modernize them -- the text in the original was small and faded. There were also paragraphs that went for pages that we’ve divided. We’ve created a brand new index and footnotes to this dense text. Quite simply, this work is of too much significance to Canadian history and law (it is cited in Supreme Court cases) for it to be so hard to read.
For this volume of the debates, we are creating a stand-alone index. The 1865 Confederation Debates were originally published without a meaningful index; a problem that has plagued scholars ever since. In 1951, a partial index was completed as a stand-alone volume, but it is incomplete, and is nearly impossible to find in libraries. This volume contains both previous editions, along with significant additions. The new index will also let the reader search by many new categories including section of the Constitution and legislation, among other options.