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HISTORY OF CANADA.   285

Huntington, remained at the head of affairs until 1857. During their ten years' tenure of office much attention was given to reform in the practical working of the various departments of government, to educational effort, and to consolidating the laws of the province. In 1856 Hon. J. W. Johnston procured the passage of an Act conferring ample municipal powers upon all such counties as should, by popular vote, declare their desire for incorporation ;

but not a single county took advantage of the Act. Much of the time of the provincial legislature was, in consequence, spent in providing for local improvements such as, in Upper Canada, were looked after by the individual municipalities. The same remark applies to the other maritime provinces (luring these years. Not until 1879 did Nova Scotia adopt a municipal system based upon popular election for its counties, and its towns and villages owe their municipal organization to still more recent legislation. In New Brunswick an Act was passed in 1851 under which counties were given the right to adopt a municipal system if they should think fit. They have

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