Let’s Just Move Away

13 Nov
James Duncan, The House of Assembly, in the Pa...

The House of Assembly, in the Parliament of Montreal, toward 1848. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On November 13, 1849, the capital of Canada shifted to Toronto because of riots in Montreal.


In short, this event was precipitated by the 1845 Rebellion Losses Bill. The country had experienced political problems and upheaval from 1837 and 1839 — a civil war. The bill was meant to compensate certain inhabitants in Lower Canada, for losses incurred during that time. The opposition thought it was akin to “paying the rebels”, and that “rewarding” the rebels was an insult to the “loyalist.”


The rioters broke windows and gas lamps, and then broke into the Parliament buildings and vandalized them.  One of the rioters even sat in the Speaker‘s chair and declared the dissolution of the house.


Would you like read more about these riots? I recommend visiting Wikipedia’s Burning of the Parliament Buildings.


The Marginal is another great read, as is Old Montreal Centuries of History. All very good places to start.



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3 responses to “Let’s Just Move Away

  1. Corson Roy

    March 22, 2016 at 11:40 am

    sick dude noice

  2. Brenna Pearce

    November 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

    This is such a great idea! I wish you all success with your blog.

    • tkmorin

      November 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank You, Brenna. I enjoy writing about Canada. 🙂


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