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Working towards this political conclusion required several constitutional adaptations along the way: the Quebec Act in 1774, which ratified specific protection for French language and civil law in Quebec, effectively introducing into Canadian governance a system that would house and allow alternatives; the establishment of local legislatures ( 1758 inN ova Scotia, 1769 in Prince Edward Island, 1791 in Upper and Lower Canada- the colony of Cape Breton, which joined Nova Scotia in 1820, never had a separate legislature, and Newfoundland did not get a general assembly till 1820); the several Acts (the Constitutional Act ofl792, the Act ofUnion in 1840) which separated and linked Upper and Lower Canada, transformed them into 'Canada East' and 'Canada West', and ultimately though indirectly shaped language policy; and the official responses to the failed rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada in 1837, which led to a system called Responsible Government (whereby, in theory, the political leaders are selected from and responsible to the House rather than to governmental or other authorities outside it).
Not a bird, nor living creature was to be seen, and the roaring of the falling cataracts in every direction precluded their being heard, had any been in our neighbourhood. That word 'abrupt' may have been most horrific of all; this was an age that admired degree; and the notion of degree- the European sense of distance and dimension - was precisely what northern North America challenged. Able to accept empirical reality as science but 42 not yet as art, European artists deemed the uncontrolled wilderness uninhabited, uninhabitable, austere - and, if compelling anyway, sublime.
The Victoria Magazine sought to uplift the populace by training readers to English manners; the newspapers sought to enflame the ways to change. In the name of truth, both shaped the world as fiction, and in this division lie some of the basic conflicting impulses in preConfederation writing. As the colonies grew in size and substance, literature was to respond to political and social issues in a variety of ways- sometimes personally and indirectly, lamenting the distance from loved ones or praising the opportunities of the new land, and sometimes openly, in public treatise and occasional verse.
A History of Canadian Literature by W. H. New (auth.)