Island politics were characterized by a strong sense of independence in relation to the outside world, and by intense political battles internally. Most men had the right to vote, though no women did.
Conflicts in the legislature often arose between the reformers, who were mainly anti-landowners, and the Conservatives, who generally supported the rights of landowners.
Edward Palmer, ardently anti-Confederation, went so far as to remind his colleagues that they were only authorized to listen, not to make decisions.This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards.As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.The final 'grand ball' at Province House was held on Thursday, September 8.It began at ten o'clock in the evening -- dinner was served until one o'clock the following morning, and was followed by several hours of speeches.
At the time of the Charlottetown Conference, the Conservative Colonel John Hamilton Gray was premier of Prince Edward Island.