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The First Meeting of the Executive Council of Upper Canada

First Meeting of the Executive Council of Upper Canada

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted November, 2009

First Meeting of the Executive Council of Upper Canada

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
At 310 King Street East, on the north side
between Brock and Clarence streets


Coordinates: N 44 13.803 W 76 28.909

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Plaque Text

Because of the Loyalist influx into the western part of Quebec after the American Revolution, the province was divided into Upper and Lower Canada (now Ontario and Quebec). The Constitutional Act of 1791 provided for representative government in each of the new provinces. On July 8, 1792, John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, met his Executive Council in St. George's Church which one occupied this site. In the following three weeks the Council divided the province into counties and allocated representation to the Assembly that was to meet at Newark (later Niagara-on-the-Lake) in September.

Related Ontario plaques
The First Provincial Parliament 1792
First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada
John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806

Related Toronto plaque
Ontario's First Parliament Buildings 1798

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