Province of Canada, Legislative Assembly (25 & 27 August 1852)

Document Information

Date: 1852-08-25 & 1852-08-27
By: Province of Canada (Parliament), The Globe
Citation: “Latest From Parliament The Globe (28 August 1852).
Other formats:



QUEBEC, August 25.

Last night after the reporters left, the debate on the Address was continued until the adjournment of the House. No vote was taken.

Mr. HINCKS spoke at great length on the state of the Province, and defended the government. He said that the House would see, from a despatch to be laid before it, that the English Government admitted that there must be some change made in the imperial Clergy Reserve Act of 1840; and he claimed that the right to legislate on this subject belonged to Canada.

Mr. MORIN gave utterance to similar sentiments, and stated that his views in regard to making the Legislative Council elective were unchanged. He would not wish to precipitate the change.

Messrs. H. SMITH and MACKENZIE attacked the Government. The ;atter contended that the speech from the throne was humbug; and the former, that the administration was composed of the most incongruous materials.

To-day the adjourned debate on the Address was continued, and takes precedence of notices of motions.

Mr. GAMBLE led off, and has occupied the floor above three hours. He was speaking in favour of Protection.

Petitions were received and read; of the Municipal Councils of the County of Simcoe, praying for the extension of the jurisdiction of County Courts and of Division Courts; also, that the County of Simcoe may contract all County expenditures, of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal and others, praying for aid for the College of St. Therese; of the Municipal Council of Lanark and Renfrew, praying for a loan of £75,000, to aid the Bytown and Prescott Railways. Several petitions for aid to religious establishment, were received and read; also the following in relation to Canals and Railroads:—For the construction of a Canal to connect the River St. Lawrence with Lake Champlain; for the construction of a canal to connect the Great Chaudiere and Chats Lakes; for an act of Incorporation for a Railroad from Goderich to the Great Western Railroad.

An Act to revive the Act to Incorporate a Company to extend the Great Western Railroad from Hamilton to Toronto, or an Act incorporating the Toronto and Hamilton Railroad Company; for an Act of Incorporation to construct a Railroad from Guelph, to connect with the Great Western Railroad at Galt; for the Incorporation of a Company to construct a Canal round the Sault Ste Marie.

QUEBEC, 27th August, 1852.

Last night the debate on the Address continued until near midnight. No vote was taken, nor was any amendment offered. Mr. Papineau occupied the floor for some hours. He attacked very bitterly the Ministry and our present system of government, and declared himself in favour of annexation. He reproached Mr. Morin with having changed his mind since 1836, and for declaring as chimerical now what he advocated as reform and progress then. He argued in favour of making the Legislative Council elective,–increase of the representation,–and vote by ballot. He reproached the Ministry for sending their subalterns to interfere in the election of the country of Two Mountains. Mr. Turcotte followed, making a bitter personal attack on Mr. Papineau, and accusing him with being the cause of the rebellion, and then leaving his countrymen to the consequences, while he himself escaped. Mr. Turcotte further argued, that Mr. Papineau’s principles, if adopted, would again lead to disastrous results.

MR. STEVENSON spoke in favour of protection, and advocated our imitating what he termed the wise policy of the United States.

MR. CHABOT referred to the question of the Seignorial Tenure, and declared that neither he nor the country would rest satisfied with anything less than the entire abolition of the tenure.

To-night, the debate on the Address is continued.

MR. CHRISTIE advocated the giving of bounties to the fisheries, and stated that if this could not be done, it would not be much longer carried on.

MR. BROWN is speaking as the report leaves. He has made a very severe attack upon the ministry, and entered at length into a review of the principles upon which it has been founded.


Leave a Reply