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ORDER IN COUNCIL Relating to the Railway Reserve on the Mainland. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1883

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 46 Vic. Mainland Railway Reserve. 349
Relating to the Railway Reserve on the Mainland.
By Command.
W. J. Armstrong,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
18th January, 1883.
Copy of a Report of a  Committee of the Executive Council, approved of by His Honour the
Lieutenant-Governor on the 18th October, 1882.
On a Memorandum, dated 14th October, 1882, from the Chief Commissioner of Lands
and Works, reporting :—
That on 3rd August, 1878, the vacant Crown Lands then open for settlement on the
Mainland, within a belt of land 40 miles in width, extending from Burrard Inlet to Tete Jaune
Cache, were reserved at the request of the Dominion Government for Railway purposes.
That on 8th May, 1880, at a further request of the same Government, the Legislative
Assembly of British Columbia passed an Act authorizing the transfer of the said land to the
Government of the Dominion of Canada in trust, to be appropriated in such manner as the
Dominion Government might deem advisable in furtherance of the construction of the Canadian
Pacific Railway.
That since August, 1878, this large extent of land, in addition to the large Railway
Reserve on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, has been closed to settlement, to the great
injury of the Province, and, in a comparative sense, to the injury of Canada, as every settler
in British Columbia adds his quota to the Customs revenue of the Dominion.
That prior to the reservation referred to, the Provincial Government had to the utmost of
its resources endeavoured to encourage settlement upon the lands in the Fraser valley by surveying and opening up of roads, ifec..; that the benefits arising from improvements there made
at Provincial cost are in a great measure nullified by the action of the Dominion Government
in keeping the lands locked up from settlement.
The Minister recommends that the earnest attention of the Dominion Government be
directed to this subject, with the request that they may cause the said lands on the Mainland
to be at once thrown open for sale and settlement.
The Committee advise that the recommendation be approved.
(Signed)       W. J. Armstrong,
Provincial Secretary,
Clerk Executive Council.


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