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.
Five out of seven Island newspapers were opposed to union, as were many Islanders.
Opponents claimed that union with the other colonies would lead to excessive taxation, spending of tax dollars on things that would not directly benefit the Island, and conscription of Islanders for Canadian conflicts.
Most of the Island delegates initially saw little benefit to joining a united British North America.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.Still, such events could not iron out the problems faced by the Island delegation or the disharmony among its own numbers.
The Confederation debate exploded in Prince Edward Island once the delegates returned from Québec.At the time of the Charlottetown Conference, the Conservative Colonel John Hamilton Gray was premier of Prince Edward Island.