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THE DURHAM REPORT Sophia Hays Period 3. WHAT WAS IT?  Proposed to the British government in 1839  A proposal to the British government about the unification.

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1 THE DURHAM REPORT Sophia Hays Period 3

2 WHAT WAS IT?  Proposed to the British government in 1839  A proposal to the British government about the unification of Canada  A proposal to institute a Responsible Government in order to regulate the friction that had existed between the government and elected officials prior to 1837  A proposal to the British government about the assimilation of the French  Led to increased French migration from Canada to the United States

3 WHY WAS IT PROPOSED?  Lord Durham was sent to investigate the Canadian rebellions  He expected to find conflict within the governments of Upper and Lower Canada  Instead discovered that it was a conflict of race  English and French  English believed the French to be inferior  French were to be assimilated to English culture

4 IMPLICATIONS  Idea of the union of all the British North American colonies was dropped because Nova Scotia and New Brunswick did not agree to it  Upper and Lower Canada had merged into one by 1840  The right to vote was monitored  English families were wealthier  Laws made it difficult for poor families to vote  By 1841, Canada had achieved “equal” representation in Parliament  Upper Canada held only 40% of the population  Lower Canada help 60% of the population  This, along with the voting laws, ensured an English majority in Parliament

5 BIBLIOGRAPHY Bélanger, Claude. The Durham Report, the Union Act and the Birth of the Separatist/Federalist Attitudes. Quebec History, 23 Aug Web. 7 Nov "Durham Report." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Web. 7 Nov "1839- Lord Durham's Report." Canadian History. CBC Learning. Web. 6 Nov


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