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BOOK III.

Steps Toward Confederation.

CHAPTER I

 

THE WORKING OF THE NEW PLAN
OF GOVERNMENT.

 

Sir Charles In 1842 Sir Charles Bagot became gover-Bagot. nor-general. He encouraged all improvements, such as road-making, and soon won popularity with french and English alike.

Though a Conservative at home, he made no attempt to go back to the old way of governing. During this year the Reformers passed a vote of want of confidence in the ministry or executive council, and its members resigned. Bagot then invited Baldwin and Lafontaine, a French Canadian Reformer, to form a ministry.

Soon afterwards Bagot asked to LOUIS H. LAFONTA=. be recalled, on account of ill-health, but on his way home he died at Kingston.

Sir Charles The next governor, Sir Charles (afterwards Metcalfe. Lord) Metcalfe, thought responsible government in a colony a mistake. He paid little heed to the

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