The History of Canada: Canada under British rule

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Roswell & Hutchinson, 1898 - Canada
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Page 488 - It needs no chango in the principles of government, no invention of a new constitutional theory, to supply the remedy which would, in my opinion, completely remove the existing political disorders. It needs but to follow out consistently the principles of the British constitution...
Page 488 - Every purpose of popular control might be combined with every advantage of vesting the immediate choice of advisers in the Crown, were the Colonial Governor to be instructed to secure the cooperation of the Assembly in his policy, by entrusting its administration to such men as could command a majority...
Page 489 - The matters which so concern us are very few. The constitution of the form of government ; the regulation of foreign relations, and of trade with the mother country, the other British colonies, and foreign nations ; and the disposal of the public lands, are the only points on which the mother country requires a control.
Page 487 - If we wish to prevent the extension of this influence, it can only be done by raising up for the North American colonist some nationality of his own ; by elevating these small and unimportant communities into a society having some objects of a national importance ; and by thus giving their inhabitants a country which they will be unwilling to see absorbed even into one more powerful.
Page 488 - That has been irrevocably done :' and the experiment of depriving the people of their present constitutional power is not to be thought of. To conduct their government harmoniously, in accordance with its established principles, is now the business of its rulers ; and I know not how it is possible to secure that harmony in any other way than by administering the government on those principles which have been found perfectly efficacious in Great Britain.2 I would not impair a single prerogative of...
Page 487 - The colonist of Great Britain is linked, it is true, to a mighty Empire ; and the glories of its history, the visible signs of its present power, and the civilization of its people, are calculated to raise and gratify his national pride. But he feels also, that his link to that Empire is one of remote dependence ; he catches but passing and inadequate glimpses of its power and prosperity; he knows that in its government he and his countrymen have no voice.
Page 513 - ... it should be delayed by a reference to individual opinions, or to the schemes which may be put forward by different sections of local parties. " The large majority, however, of those whose opinions I have had the opportunity of learning, both of British and French origin, and of those too whose character and station entitle them to the greatest authority, advocate warmly the establishment of the Union, and that upon terms of perfect fairness, not merely to the two Provinces, but to the two races...
Page 159 - ... should be able to reckon on a more cordial and vigorous support at home than has been accorded to me. No good that may not be expected from any other government in Lower Canada, can be obtained by my continuing to wield extraordinary legal powers of which the moral force and consideration is gone.
Page 325 - Your triumphant election on the 16th, and ejection from the assembly on the 17th, must hasten that crisis which is fast approaching in the affairs of the Canadas, and which will terminate in independence and freedom from the baneful domination of the mother country, and the tyrannical conduct of a small and despicable faction in the colony.
Page 158 - From the very commencement of my task, the minutest details of my administration have been exposed to incessant criticism, in a spirit which has evinced an entire ignorance of the state of this country, and of the only mode in which the supremacy of the British Crown can here be upheld and exercised. Those who have in the British Legislature systematically depreciated my powers, and the ministers of the Crown by their tacit acquiescence therein, have...

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