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Lord Durham

Governor General of British North America in the 1830's, author of Report on the Affairs of British North America to Queen Victoria (1839) which led to the uniting of Upper and Lower Canada and the end of colonial government in Canada.


I expected to find a contest between a government and a people: I found two nations warring in the bosom of a single state: I found a struggle, not of principles, but of races; and I perceived that it would be idle to attempt any amelioration of laws or institutions, until we could first succeed in terminating the deadly animosity that now separates the inhabitants of Lower Canada into the hostile divisions of French and English.

1839 - from Report on the Affairs of British North America