History 3813 - Ziedenberg - Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine

 
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Engraving
Lord Elgin
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1848, 19th century
Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving
19.4 x 17 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
M930.51.1.52
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Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
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kathrynziedenbergPublished by kathrynziedenberg on 30/11/2009 09:00:14
Lord Elgin served as Governor General from 1847-1854. He was highly amenable to responsible government in the colonies and did all he could to oblige the counsel of the Executive Council. During this period, Lafontaine became the attorney general and served as Canada's first Prime Minister from 1848-1851. He resumed his legislative struggle to provide compensation to those who suffered material loss or damage during the Rebellion. This endeavour manifested itself as the Rebellion Losses Bill, proposed in 1849 and met with vehement protest by the Tories. However, it was successfully voted through the government. Lord Elgin demonstrated his dedication to the principle of responsible government when he respected the government's discretion over his own and passed the Bill on April 25, 1849.

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David Mills, "Rebellion Losses Bill," The Canadian Encyclopedia, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0006707.

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