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26933Re: REPLY: [WarOf1812] "Why doesn't someone re-enact the '37 Rebellion?"

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  • mccombs98
    Dec 5, 2005
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      Well said Sir!

      <suthren@m...> wrote:
      > Dear John
      > After the War of 1812 the British administration in the two Canadas (Upper
      > Canada=Ontario, Lower Canada=Quebec) maintained a colonial system of
      > government that gave vast powers to the Governors and to a social elite who
      > dominated the appointed (not elected) Upper Houses, and who simply ignored
      > the limited-suffrage Lower Houses of the provincial legislatures. The
      > Governors allowed a social elite (British and Anglican) in what later became
      > Ontario to monopolize all political appointments and run the colony for
      > their own benefit. That elite became known as the "Family Compact", and
      > effectively blocked all attempts at greater democratization, aided by the
      > Loyalists who loathed and feared US-style popular democracy under which they
      > had suffered. In Quebec a similar elite, anchored on a pact between the
      > Catholic Church, wealthy French landowners and the British colonial
      > administration, and referred to as the "Chateau Clique", equally blocked
      > progress. Economic strain, outbreaks of disease, population growth and the
      > example of the booming (and, by contrast, turbulent and unruly but
      > unimaginably free) American society to the south led to a comic-opera revolt
      > in Ontario that failed largely due to the innately unrevolutionary instincts
      > of the Ontario population (however real their sense of grievance), and a
      > serious and bloody armed revolt in Quebec that was put down with a
      > never-forgotten savage viciousness by the British military (and English
      > speaking militia from Ontario border regions like Glengarry). The British
      > did enact tardy reforms later that, over years, answered many of the
      > citizen's grievances, but never met others (Canada's Senate is still
      > appointed by the ruling Government and is not accountable to the people,
      > which never fails to astonish Australians and Americans), and in many
      > respects Canadians still have fewer constitional rights tha Americans, and
      > have yet to cross over that psychological barrier that says political power
      > resides entirely within themselves rather than The Crown.
      > Vic Suthren
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