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The First Provincial Parliament 1792

The First Provincial Parliament 1792

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted January, 2010

The First Provincial Parliament 1792

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
On the southeast corner of King and Ricardo streets

Coordinates: N 43 15.410 W 79 04.127


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Plaque Text

On September 17, 1792, John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, opened in this community, then the capital, the first provincial parliament. The legislature consisted of an appointed Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly. Its opening marked the introduction of a form of representative government into this province. Previously, both the French and British regimes had been directed by a royal governor advised by an appointed council of officials and prominent citizens. This first parliament held all its sittings in "Newark", as Simcoe had re-named Niagara, but the second was summoned to meet in 1797 at York (Toronto), the new seat of government.

Related Ontario plaques
First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada
The First Meeting of the Executive Council of Upper Canada
John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806

Related Toronto plaque
Ontario's First Parliament Buildings 1798


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