Once again we see that the government of Lower Canada favours the interests of the wealthy English businessmen. Farmers need roads not canals but the governor and his council decided that taxes from farmers must pay for unnecessary canals that greatly benefit businessmen. . . .
William Lyon Mackenzie reported to the House of Assemble his concerns with the poor state of representation in the colony’s government. He notes that there is excessive taxation for projects that benefit too few and that there are many unqualified people in the government. . . .
Bishop Strachan and the Anglican clergy remain a powerful influence in government. They alone receive land grants of one - seventh of all land in Upper Canada. Members of the Family Compact all belong to the Anglican Church. . . .