• I will content myself, Mr. Speaker, with those principal motives to union; first, that we are in the rapids and must go on; next that our neighbours will not, on their side, let us rest supinely, even if we could do so from other causes; and thirdly, that by making the united colonies more valuable as an ally to Great Britain, we shall strengthen rather than weaken the imperial connection. (Cheers.

    Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1865). “Speeches and Addresses Chiefly on the Subject of British-American Union”, p.282, London : Chapman and Hall
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