Politics Before Confederation : Politics After Confederation

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Politics Before Confederation
Now that we have seen Cartier’s part in the rebellions of 1837, it’s time to move on to what happened after, leading up to Confederation. After George Etienne Cartier returned from exile to Vermont in 1839, he started practicing law again in Montreal(Sweeny). He even teamed up with one of his brothers who also practiced law, as I mentioned before(Bonenfant). Some of the people who he worked for during this time included the Sulpician Order, who he had close ties with due to him going to their school if you remember. He also worked for some of the old seigneurs of Montreal and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway(Sweeny). As I mentioned before in the introduction, George Cartier was a railway promoter and helped develop the Grand Trunk Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (“George Etienne Cartier”, Wikipedia). Although he didn’t know it, railways would be a key aspect of uniting what would later become Canada, but that comes later under Confederation. Also George Cartier on his return became involved with the Saint-Jean Baptiste Society, which led him to Louis Lafontaine (“George Etienne Cartier”, Wikipedia).
How did Cartier help move the Province of Canada towards responsible government?
George Etienne Cartier practiced law for these clients up until 1841, this was around the time when he became more involved in the politics of Lower Canada. In 1841, Cartier decided to use the method of constitutional reform rather than violence (the
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