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THE ASSEMBLIES AND THEIR [YORK.
Lower Can- The first parliament of Lower Canada met
ada. The at Quebec in December, 1792. Some of its
New Gov- members spoke only English, others only
ernment. French, and every man wished all business to be done in his own language. But at last it was decided that members might speak in either language, but that motions or questions to be decided must be read in both languages before being voted on.
Under the wise rule of Lord Dorchester the new government worked smoothly. During these years the money received from the taxes was not nearly enough to pay the expenses of government, but the British government paid what was short.