The author wishes to express his thanks to the Canada Council for the generous help which has enabled him to complete the research for the documentation of his work. To Mr. Robert La Roque de Roquebrune, who read and made suggestions on the first draft, he owes a special debt of gratitude. At the National Archives, the kindness of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Mr. Pierre Brunet, facilitated considerably the labour of research and copying, and Miss Richard and Miss Bourque made a valuable contribution to the accomplishment of this task. At the Parliamentary Library, Mr. Lusignan and Mrs. Foster co-operated in the examination of printed documents. The personnel of the other archival deposits also gave zealous and unfailing help in the consultation of their collections. Finally, the author wishes to thank the Social Science Research Council which, with the support of the Canada Council, has contributed to the publication of this volume.