OTTAWA—When British North American colonial leaders gathered at Québec City in 1864 to shape the details of the Confederation project, one man stood out, in historian P.B. Waite’s words, as “the rare example of a politician who knew when not to talk.” This was Samuel Leonard Tilley, a Saint John druggist and leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party. Waite noted that he was “not a frequent speaker at the Quebec Conference, but one always clear and to the point.” Yet it was the self-effacing Tilley who, with the timely help of some external forces, became the unlikely saviour of Confederation in 1866.
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