It was not democratic, because the king/queen Monarch didn't care about BNA.
Also, only man that are over 21 can vote for the Legislative Assembly, so it wasn't fair at all.
The impact of Joseph Howe
1835 - 1837
Joseph Howe was a very famous politician in the mid 1800s.
He was a reformer that was from Nova Scotia.
On the day of his trial, he spoke for 6 hours!!
He talked about the power of the elite that was not fair.
Joseph Howe was elected to the Assembly so everybody thought he was a hero.
The Rebellions in Lower and Upper Canada
1837 - 1838
The rebellions in upper and lower Canada try to remove the elite from power.
They turned against the government.
In 1838, many of the rebellions were either arrested or jailed.
Lord Durham's Report
1838 - 1847
He suggested that the two colonies be joined.
He also thought this would give the British better control.
He insisted that the poor should be given a chance for better education
and also take part in their government.
It was important because the British
government actually took his advice seriously
and some of it was accepted by the government.