Choosing a capital created a major crisis in the government. The assembly had met at different times in Kingston, Quebec city, Montreal and Toronto. It was time for the government of canada to have a permanent capital. In 1857, the government decided to leave the decision up to Queen Victoria. She announced her choice was Ottawa the reasons for her choice were. Ottawa is far from the States boarder and cloud be protected from a attack. It had good water transportation routes for moving troops.