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CORRESPONDENCE Embodying the reply of the Dominion Government to the following Resolution:— "Whereas… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1890

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 53 Vic.   Correspondence—Mails between Victoria & New Westminster.        443
Embodying the reply of the Dominion Government to the following Resolution:—
" Whereas the Dominion Estimates do not contain a grant of money as a subsidy
for conveying the mails between Victoria and New Westminster, this House is of
opinion that a great inconvenience and injury will be done to the farmers, the
canners, and others on the Fraser River, if the  said subsidy is withdrawn, and
that an humble Address be presented to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor,
requesting him to draw the attention of the Dominion Government to this question
at the earliest possible date."
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
April 11th, 1890.
Ottawa, 31st March, 1890.
Sir,—Adverting to the subject of your despatch of the 28th ultimo, and its enclosures, I
have now the honour to transmit to you herewith copy of an approved Minute of Council by
which you will observe that the Postmaster-General proposes to retain, if found necessary, one
of the three weekly postal trips now made between Victoria and New Westminster, the trip
proposed to be retained being the only one, in the opinion of Mr. Haggart, which could be of
any service to the Post Office Department.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        L. A. Catellier,
His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
of British Columbia.
Under Secretary of State.
Certified Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council on the 24th March, 1890.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had under consideration a despatch, dated 28th
February, 1890, from the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, transmitting a Memorial
from the Executive Council of the Province, calling attention to the omission in the Estimates
for this year of any provision for the steam service carried on between Victoria and New
Westminster, and stating the withdrawal of the steamer from this route would prove injurious
to the interests of the Province.
The Postmaster-General, to whom the matter was referred, states that it was decided by
the Governor General in Council, under date 17th February last, to terminate the contract with
Mr. John Irving for the tri-weekly service over this route, under which $7,500 per annum was
paid, on the ground that the service was of very limited utility for the exchange of correspondence.
The Minister further states that, of the three trips made weekly between Victoria and
New Westminster, one only could be of any service to the Post Office Department, and this
service it is proposed to retain, if found necessary.
The Committee recommend that the Secretary of State be authorized to transmit a copy
of this Minute to the. Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
(Signed)       John J. McGee,
The Hon. the Secretary of State. Clerk Privy Council.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.


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