Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin are best known in Canadian history as the architects of responsible government. From Montréal and Toronto, respectively, they were both influential in early Canadian politics as lawyers and as members of their legislative assemblies.
Between 1848 and 1851, LaFontaine and Baldwin led the “Great Ministry” that established responsible government and enacted hundreds of laws. Their reforms created the roots of modern Canada by moving government away from the European model and toward the concepts of complexity and diversity.
To find out more, read “LaFontaine and Baldwin: 172 Years of Responsible Government” on the ICC’s website.