The Colonial Advocate was a Canadian radical journal advocating a democratic system of government that influenced the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. First published by William Lyon Mackenzie on May 18, 1824, the journal frequently attacked a group of aristocratic officials who were labelled the "Family Compact". Over its twelve years in publication, Mackenzie explicitly advocated constitutional change to resemble a more American government with the principles of responsible government, and working for the greater good of the people. The Colonial Advocate was used as a voice for constitutional reform, educating and inspiring citizens to take action against their government, making Mackenzie and his paper an important leader in the formation of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837.

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