Local authority and district autonomy: The Niagara magistracy and constabulatory, 1828-1841.

Frances Ann. Thompson
Traditional Upper Canadian historiography has emphasized the role of the Family Compact and the flow of authority from the provincial centre. It has stressed the dominance of the York elites and their control of the province through constitutional structure, the imposition of a Conservative ideology or patronage. Local magistrates, however, governed the districts and formed a counterweight to the Family Compact. The Lieutenant-Governor appointed magistrates to administer all district affairs and to judge all petty...
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