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Novascotian - Twelve resolutions introduced by Joseph Howe declaiming on the unrepresentative character of the Council of Twelve
February 23, 1837
Howe’s successful defence launched him into politics; in the 1836 election he easily won one of the two seats for Halifax Township. He had emerged as a leader of those wanting major constitutional reform, known as the Reformers. They sought to secure for Nova Scotia a constitution as then existed in Britain whereby ministers of the Crown had become responsible to Parliament. In the early part of the 1837 session, Howe introduced his Twelve Resolutions, declaiming on the unrepresentative character of the Council of Twelve and the resulting injustices. Rather than face a major confrontation with the Council, he withdrew the resolutions, only to reintroduce them later in the session in the form of an address to the Crown, less much of their offending language.
Documents from 1837
Letter, Lord Glenelg to Lieutenant Governor Sir Colin Campbell - orders for the formation of two separate Councils
Journal and Proceedings of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly - Twelve resolutions introduced by Joseph Howe declaiming on the unrepresentative character of the Council of Twelve