Responsible Government in Prince Edward Island: A Triumph of Self-Government under the Crown

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APPENDIX NO. 8.
DESPATCH (CONFIDENTIAL) FROM LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR SIR DONALD CAMPBELL, BART., TO EARL GREY, DATED GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, 28 JUNE, 1850. ORIGINAL MS. COLONIAL OFFICE 226/78.My Lord:Along with my public despatch No. 42 of the 26th instant, I have had the honor to transmit, for your Lordship's consideration, the draft of a bill embracing certain alterations in the election law of this island, in which I have endeavored to avoid any great or experimental change, confining myself strictly to the correction of such defects, and the removal of such evils in the existing system, as experience has pointed out to be necessary.
1. I entirely coincide in the opinion which I perceive [sic] your Lordship has expressed in debate on the Australian Colonies Government Bill, that "when representative institutions have been once granted by Parliament to our Colonies, it is inexpedient unless for some very strong reason, that those institutions should be altered without the express and declared consent of the Colonists themselves." Your Lordship is however aware that in the land tenure of Prince Edward Island lies the great and material difference between this Colony and the other North American provinces, and that it is of so important a nature that it cannot be overlooked in considering the question of Responsible Government. The alterations which I suggest in the election law, although in my opinion indispensable to the safe working of Responsible Government in this island, are of such a nature that I cannot expect they will be adopted by a House of Assembly elected under the very system which it is sought to abolish, and I have therefore ventured to propose that the bill should be introduced by Her Majesty's Government, and I humbly submit that the proceedings of the Assembly during the two last sessions fully warrant the interference of the Imperial Parliament.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION 3
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • Chapter I - THE BEGINNING OF REFORM 9
  • Chapter II - RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT A TOOL OF PARTY POLITICS 19
  • Chapter III - THE POWER OF THE PURSE AND THE TRIUMPH OF PRINCIPLE 37
  • APPENDIX NO. 1. 85
  • APPENDIX NO. 2. 86
  • APPENDIX NO. 3. 91
  • APPENDIX NO. 4. 100
  • APPENDIX NO. 5. 108
  • APPENDIX NO. 6. 111
  • APPENDIX NO. 7. 117
  • APPENDIX NO. 8. 122
  • APPENDIX NO. 9. 125
  • Bibliography 130
  • Index 132
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