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236   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

assembly gave way, but afterwards prepared an address to the king complaining of the council, and begging that it might be made elective, or be reformed in some way.

The British government would not make the council elective, but promised to divide it, as in New Brunswick, into executive and legislative branches, and to give the assemblv control of the revenues on condition it should vote a fixed sum for the payment of the officials.

Sir Conn   At this time Nova Scotia was ruled by a

Campbell. stern old soldier, Sir Colin Campbell. Like his namesake in New Brunswick, he strongly disapproved of reform, and was determined to support the Compact.

On the outbreak of rebellion in Canada, the Reformers of Nova Scotia took great pains to show their loyalty both to the Queen and the British Empire. Yet they hailed with delight Lord Durham's report and the promise of responsible government in Lord John Russell's despatches. But Sir Colin Campbell took no notice of the latter, and in the next session of the assembly Howe and his friends passed resolutions declaring their firm belief in the principle of responsible government and their want of confidence in the executive council.

Campbell calmly replied that he was satisfied with his advisers if they were not. This caused the wildest excitement all through the country. The Reformers petitioned for the recall of the governor, and held meetings to stir up the people to insist on responsible government, and the Tories held meetings in support of Sir Colin and the old order of things.

The   In July, 1840, the governor-general visited

Governor-   Halifax. He advised that several execu-

General. tive councillors, who had no seats in parliament, should be dismissed, that Reformers should be appointed in their stead, and that all the councillors should hold office only while they had the confidence of


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