History 3813 - Ziedenberg - Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine
Act of Union 1840
The British government granted union with the Act of Union in 1840 while denying the implementation of responsible government. Moreover, it discontinued the official status of the French language. While it was no longer used in government, the language continued to be taught in schools, printed in newspapers, and spoken in homes, and thus had little impact on the people. The principle of the mandate was still an affront to, and taken as such by, the Canadiens. Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine saw the opportunity the Act provided to work towards responsible government and the reform of the "absolutist and arbitrary structures of the old régime."
Jacques Monet, "Act of Union," The Canadian Encyclopedia, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0000029.
Jacques Monet, "LA FONTAINE, Sir LOUIS-HIPPOLYTE," Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?Biold=38663.
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