Why June 19th? The Constitutional Act of June 19, 1791 created the Province of Upper Canada, or Ontario as we know it today. Harry Danford, MPP for Hastings Peterborough, & a descendant of Loyalist stock, proposed June 19 as UEL Loyalist Day. His bill was given unanimous all party support and Royal assent in Dec 1997. On June 19 we reflect on the heritage and tradition of the Loyalists.