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37 Protestant church leaders imagined that the new type of Canadian would bear far more resemblance to the values and virtues of the Anglo-Saxon race. ”41 Like many of his day, Rowell believed that the greater part of the population of Canada might soon be found west of the Great Lakes, and the ideals of that region would determine the future of the nation. At first glance, this was a disturbing prospect. Rowell noted that the social, political, and religious institutions of non-English-speaking immigrants differed from those who had come from the British Isles or the United States.
1908 Congregations in the west use the Basis of Union to organize local unions. 1910–12 National courts of the three uniting churches approve the Basis of Union and refer it to the lower courts and the membership. ” 1912 Majority of Presbyterian presbyteries and congregations vote in favour of union, but the General Assembly agrees to allow time to build greater support. 1912 Several local union congregations form the General Council of Local Union Churches. 1914 “The United Church of Canada” is approved as the name during the process of minor revisions to the Basis of Union.
1915 Presbyterian General Assembly votes in favour of the revised Basis of Union and submits it for a second vote in the lower courts and membership, where the majority again supports it. 1916 Presbyterian General Assembly passes a resolution to unite, and sets up a committee to prepare for consummation after the end of the war. 1916 Presbyterian Church Association and Presbyterian Women’s League step up resistance to church union. 1917 Supporters and dissenters agree to a moratorium on debate and propaganda until after the war.