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Transcript of Trouble Brewin'
Discontent in Upper and Lower Canada
Great Britain's policy in British North America was dictated by a single principle: Don't lose it like they did with the United States
So, they did virtually everything the same. Again.
Government WASN'T representative- that means it wasn't run by officials elected by the people
It wasn't RESPONSIBLE: people couldn't vote to change the government
It was run by an APPOINTED governor.
Sure, the citizens ELECTED an assembly, but the governor could VETO any laws they passed.
Even worse, he took advice and was supported by the Family Compact- a group that was composed ONLY of the wealthiest and most powerful citizens.
This OLIGARCHY made decisions that only benefited them. Decisions that might make life better were vetoed if THEY didn't benefit.
Complaints were handled with repression- arresting and deporting those that sought reform was the common response.
In Lower Canada, it was the same. The Chateau Clique was their version of the oligarchy.
Additionally, demands for farmland (most of which was already settled) were unlikely to be met.
Economic problems were also compounded by concerns that language and culture were under attack.
As in Upper Canada, calls for reform were met by threats, arrests, and deportation.
The people aren't happy...and unless changes are made, Britain will find that the colonists are out of options and patience... Like they were in the USA.
They believed the problem had been the Americans had too much power. They attempted to replicate the British system of wealthy estate owners and tenant farmers.
...because we know wealthy people really want to help others and will always make decisions for the common good, right?