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Responsible Government Central principle of Canadian government 1. Where does responsible government come from? Historically Constitutionally 2. What does responsible government mean? 3. What are implications of responsible government?
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Responsible Government Historical Origins of Responsible Government British dilemma: How to organize the colonies? Quebec Act 1774 accepts French reality: Freedom to practice Catholicism Catholics may hold office ... but also direct rule by London via local governor Constitutional Act 1791 is British response to American Revolution Extends British institutions & constitution to British North America Self-government . .. in theory
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Responsible Government Historical Origins of Responsible Government British dilemma: How to organize the colonies? Quebec Act 1774 accepts French reality: Freedom to practice Catholicism Catholics may hold office ... but also direct rule by London via local governor Constitutional Act 1791 is British response to American Revolution Extends British institutions & constitution to British North America Self-government . .. in theory
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Responsible Government Historical Origins of Responsible Government In reality, Constitutional Act 1791 creates system of Irresponsible government Governor appoints Executive Council (i.e., Cabinet) Executive Council supported by appointed Legislative Council Legislative Council dominated by Family Compact Elected Legislative Assembly by-passed – despite its constitutional power to levy taxes and grant supply
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Responsible Government “Irresponsible Government” in The Canadas: 1791-1841 Legislative Council (Appointed) Legislative Assembly (Elected) Executive Council (Advisory) Governor General Governor General Appoints Executive Council ; carries out Governor’s instructions & advises Governor (who may ignore their advice)
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Responsible Government Historical Origins of Responsible Government Irresponsible Governments generates gridlock Louis-Joseph Papineau’s 92 Resolutions (1834): “9. Resolved that the most serious defect in the Constitutional Act, its radical fault, the most active principle of evil and discontent in the province. .. [is the practice] of selecting and composing without any rule or limitation, or any predetermined qualification, an entire branch of the legislature, supposed from the nature of its attributions to be independent but inevitably the servile tool of the authority which creates, composes, and decomposes it, and can any day modify it to suit the interests or the passions of the moment.” Statutes, treaties and documents of the Canadian Constitution, 1713- 1929
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Responsible Government Historical Origins of Responsible Government
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