New Brunswick’s first assembly meets at Mallard House
As there were no legislative buildings in Saint John at the time, the first meeting of the New Brunswick Legislature took place on January 3, 1786 at a King Street inn known as Mallard House. Although only 13 members attended and no business was otherwise conducted, the opening of the legislature represented the beginning of governance for the new province, which was created to deal with the influx of Loyalists following the American Revolution.
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