Memoirs of the Right Honourable Sir John Alexander MacDonald, G.C.B; First Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada

Memoirs of the Right Honourable Sir John Alexander MacDonald, G.C.B; First Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...and the ability of Mr. Brown and his friends to restore harmony between the two sections of the province, the Governor General admitted that if it could be conclusively shown that his present advisers were the only men capable of allaying the jealousies unhappily existing between Upper and Lower Canada, it would be his duty to at once grant them their request. In the absence of any proof of their exclusive possession of that specific, he submitted that "the mere existence of the mischief is not in itself decisive as to the propriety of resorting to a general election at the present moment." The Governor General, having drawn attention to the fact that a general election had been held only a few months before, and that much unfinished business was before Parliament, expressed himself as by no means satisfied as to the impossibility of forming out of the present House a Ministry possessing the confidence of Parliament, which would close up the session and carry on affairs during recess; and concluded as follows: --"After full and mature deliberation, therefore, on the arguments submitted to him by word of mouth and in writing, and with every respect for the opinions of the Council, His Excellency declines to dissolve Parliament at the present time." Upon receipt of this communication the Ministry tendered their resignations, which were verbally accepted by the Governor General, and the door of the Executive Council chamber closed upon the Honourable George Brown. He had yet to learn that the only means of entrance for him into that much desired chamber was by the favour of Mr. John A. Macdonald. Thus, like certain of the humbler forms of animal life, came into being, existed for an hour, and died, what is commonly known...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123694223X
  • 9781236942234