with me and my fellow loyalists writing to the king, things are sure to change!
WE DONT AGREE WITH THE 'CANADIEN' LIFESTYLE!
WELL SI VOUS AIMEZ PAS SA RETOURNER DONC EN AMERIQUE!
i have to try and solve these problems going on between the loyalists and the Canadians in my province....
SACRÉ TETES CARÉES!
change did come.......
Now announcing; THE CONSTITUTIONAL ACT! this act has peen passed by the king and all changes are effective immediately.
geographically, the land was divided into two. upper canada for the english and lower canada for the french. the unspoken border kept the two populations separate to be able to live their lives
demographically, the government now looked like this instead of before. the english portion had their own representatives as did the french portion.
The king was not in charge of a lot. he held all the power but had no 'real' responsibilities towards the colony. the governor was in appointed by the king and in charge of the Province as a whole. He controlled thew army and had veto power over everything. the assistant governors were in charge of their specific province. They were responsible for their areas and controlled everything, they acted as deputy for the governor. the executive councils were also appointed by the governor. they advised him as administered laws, the budget and the civil service. the legislative council approved or rejected laws passed by the assembly. the legislative assembly consisted of 50 elected members. each separate colony had one. they prepared and voted on laws. they also had the power to approve or disapprove taxes run by the colony.
there were obviously still problems with this system though.... even if the assembly wanted to pass laws and majority won twice, it could still get turned down by two other people above, even though the assembly spoke for the people's best interest. most of the people also sitting on the council were English, which was not fair to the french since the governor would listen to the English by him being English himself and having friends on these councils. the people in society were being given a false sense of power without actually having any. it was extremely unfair. one person had all the power.
in the end the English were happy but the french were obviously not.... this would last until the people would realize the problems with the government.