Social studies 10: chapter one booklet colonies in the Wilderness

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Responsible Government

  • Durham proposed that the LEGISLATIVE Council, which would become the

CABINET would be chosen from elected members of the

LEGISLATIVE Assembly, and the Legislative Council would no

longer have the power to make laws.

  • Although Durham’s proposal became the basis of our present system of government, his

successors were either unwilling or unable to institute this particular recommendation.

was charged with the task of putting responsible government into operation. In 1849, he

was against the REBELLIONS LOSSES Bill. But under responsible

government the governor had no right to veto a bill he had to sign it into law. Hence, is

signing the bill, he had laid down the foundation for a new form of government for the


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