The fire at the Parliament and with the Brits in anger… the result

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After reading my blog on the caricature of Aislin and the Gazette, many ask me, ” how ended the troubles surrounding the burning of the Parliament by the Brits ?” So here, by popular demand, the sequel to the drama.

The next day, 26 April, It tries to kill the prime minister, Louis-Hyppolite Lafontaine, without success, because it is under the protection of the army. The Brits are enraged move towards his residence and the wreck, trying in particular against its library.

The Parliament destroyed, the elect sit on the Bonsecours market, under military protection. Three days after the fire, the Assembly adopts a resolution expressing to the governor Elgin his outrage at these excesses. The historian Mason Wade wrote : “When the representatives of the Assembly went to the Château de Ramezay, which was used as Government House, to present this resolution, it was necessary to read the riot Act and clear the streets at bayonet point. Elgin was stoned and when he came out to return to his home in Monkland (present-day school Villa Maria on Decarie)”.

The English unbridled, masters of Montreal, are going to impose a regime of terror for weeks. Woe to the French Canadians who ventured West of the city, they are savagely beaten. These crimes go unpunished, the army and the police, dominated by Orangemen, sympathized openly with the factious.

The Government has so lost control of the situation that it cannot ensure the protection of the Governor Elgin who is considering to take refuge in the fort of île Sainte-Hélène. He will not dare to go to the Château de Ramezay, the headquarters of the government. Men close to the prime minister Lafontaine decide to form a militia. It is a weapon of pistols, and cutlass of the French Canadians and Irish catholics.

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The angry Anglo-Montrealers is not turned away not. Four months later, an armed group of 200 Anglo attempts to invade the new residence of Lafontaine then isolated in an orchard (it is abandoned today in a state of decay advanced in the corner of Overdale and Lucien L’allier). They bring with them a rope to hang himself. The Fountain is not in him. His house is in the care of friends armed. Gunshots greet the attackers who beat a hasty retreat. Seven men were wounded, one very seriously. He will die the next morning after having admitted that the intention of the gang of Anglos was to set the house on fire and seize Lafontaine to lose it to a tree in his orchard, and then drag his corpse through the streets.

The incendiary of the Parliament, the authors of incitement to riot at the Montreal Gazette”, the same as those who participated in the ratonnades against the French Canadians who followed him, were never punished. They were supported almost unanimously by Anglo-Montrealers. Thirty-eight years after the fact, Alfred Perry, the fireman pyromaniac, boast of such publicly of his package. The English-speaking community of Montreal is so proud of the role played by Perry in the destruction of the Parliament of Canada as a pavilion of the Douglas hospital, Verdun, commemorates yet today the memory of this valiant defender of “blood and race anglo-saxon “versus” French domination “. To me, it seems to me that a name change is needed here. It is even more deserved as hunting iconoclast that is currently underway at the instigation of the liberals and aboriginal people against any that remind you of John A. McDonald.

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The day of April 25, 1849, is the most black of the democratic history of Quebec and Canada. In the media of English Canada, is distorting the uprising racist, too busy as it is to identify and denounce the intolerance and xenophobia of Quebec. Imagine how the event would be publicized and commemorated if he had been the French Canadians. And each year, the editorial page of the Gazette would take an evil pleasure to turn the iron in the wound.