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168   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

Craig's Craig thought that it would be less difficult Suggestions. to govern Canada if the French Canadians had less instead of more power. He, therefore, suggested a plan by which fewer French Canadians would be able to vote for or to become members of parliament. He also advised that the governor should be allowed to appoint new priests to vacant parishes and to stop the printing of anything which he thought likely to do harm,

" Le Cana- In 1806 the publication of the first entirely dien." French newspaper, Le Canadien, was begun at Quebec. It never ceased to criticize the government, and in 1809 Craig sent soldiers to seize both the printer and his type. He also arrested several leading French Canadians who had sat in the assembly. But he was blamed for this, and was obliged to set them free without trying them. Soon afterwards he left Canada.

Sir George He was succeeded by Sir George Prevost, Prevost. who was also a soldier, but was a very different man from Sir James Craig. Ile had spent some time in Nova Scotia, where he was very popular. He did his utmost to soothe and please the French Canadians. To those who had been harshly treated he showed special kindness, and he added several French Canadians to the number of his executive councillors.

Government The officials of Upper Canada were still

of Upper   doing their utmost to get rich. At one

Canada. time it was not an unusual thing for a member of the executive council to obtain a grant of 5.o0o acres for himself and 1,200 for each of his children ; but in 1807 the British government forbade this.

Many of the officials were related to each other, or connected by marriage, and, at a later time, they were often called "the Family Compact." Most of the judges, lawyers, bankers, and rich merchants belonged to it, and they held together so closely that to interfere with one


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