Bill Of Rights

These are the Metis Bill of Rights-1884. And I don't understand what they are saying at all, so I would like someone to simplify what it is that they are saying.

-That customs duties are levied on the necessaries of life

-That no effective measures have yet been taken to put the people at the Northwest in direct communication with the European Markets, via Hudson Bay

-That settlers are exposed to coercion at elections, owing to the fact that votes are not taken by ballot

Please tell to me what these mean.

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asked by Emma
  1. That customs duties are levied on the necessaries of life
    Customs duties are taxes paid to the government on goods brought into a country or territory. In this case, these taxes were paid on food and clothing.

    That no effective measures have yet been taken to put the people at the Northwest in direct communication with the European Markets, via Hudson Bay.
    The people in the Northwest couldn't sell their goods (furs, etc.) to Europe.

    That settlers are exposed to coercion at elections, owing to the fact that votes are not taken by ballot.
    Voting was not secret, so everyone could see how a person voted. People were often forced to vote the way the "bosses" wanted them to vote.

  2. Okay. That is so much more understandable. Thank you:D

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  3. Good!

    You're welcome.

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