Democracy 250

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Democracy 250 was a yearlong celebration of the birth of parliamentary democracy, the first elective assembly in Canada (formerly British North America) in 2008.

On October 2, 1758, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly met for the first time in a modest wooden building at the corner of Argyle and Buckingham streets in Halifax. It was an assembly of twenty-two men, who came together to deliberate as a parliament on questions affecting the colony. With voting limited to Protestant, free-land holding males, it was a modest beginning, and their influence with the British-appointed Governor was questionable. It was the first elected assembly of its kind in what eventually became Canada.

Events commemorating the meeting were held throughout Nova Scotia and Canada in 2008.

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