92 Resolutions- Part Four

 

Here is the fourth installment of the 92 Resolutions.  Again, because it is seriously long, I am parceling the resolutions out five at a time, and for interest’s sake, am providing biographical information on those mentioned by name in the document.  Enjoy.

 

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“The 92 Resolutions” taken from Statutes, Treaties and Documents of the Canadian Constitution, 1713-1929 (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1930).

 

16. Resolved, that this House receives with gratitude this assurance of the just and benevolent intentions, with which, in the performances of their duty, His Majesty’s Ministers have endeavoured to give effect to the wishes of Parliament.

17. Resolved, That unhappily it was left to the principal Agent of His Majesty’s Government in this Province to carry the wishes of the Imperial Parliament into effect; but that he has destroyed the hope which His Majesty’s faithful subjects had conceived of seeing the Legislative Council reformed and ameliorated, and has confirmed them in the opinion that the only possible mode of giving to that body the weight and respectability which it ought to possess, is to introduce into it the principle of election.

18. Resolved, That the Legislative Council, strengthened by a majority inimical to the rights of this House and of the people whom it represents, has received new and more powerful means than it before possessed of perpetuating and of rendering more offensive and more hurtful to the country the system of abuses of which the people of this province have up to this day ineffectually complained, and which up to this day, Parliament and His Majesty’s Government in England have ineffectually sought to correct.

19. Resolved, That since its pretended reform the Legislative Council has, in a manner more calculated to alarm the inhabitants of this Province, and more particularly in its address to His Majesty of the 1st of April 1833, renewed its pretension of being specially appointed to protect one class of His Majesty’s subjects in this province, and supposing them to have interests which could not be sufficiently represented in the Assembly, seven-eighths of the Members of which are by the said Council most erroneously stated to be of French origin and speak the French language; that this pretention is a violation of the constitution, and is of a nature to excite and perpetuate among the several classes of the inhabitants of this province, mutual distrust and national distinctions and animosities, and to give one portion of the people an unjust and factious superiority over the other, and the hope of domination and undue preference.

20. Resolved, that by such claim the Legislative Council after a reform which was held up as one adapted to unite it more closely with the interests of the colony in conformity with the wishes of Parliament, calls down, as one of its first acts, the prejudices and severity of His Majesty’s Government upon the people of this province, and upon the representative branch of the Legislature thereof; and that by this conduct the Legislative Council has destroyed amongst the people all hope which was left them of seeing the said Council, so long as it shall remain constituted as it now is, act in harmony with the House of Assembly.

 

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