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PAPERS Regarding the neccessity of placing the Yukon Country under more effective governmental control. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1896

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 59 Vk.t.      Governmental Control of Yukon Country.        109;
Regarding the necessity of placing the Yukon  Country under more effective governmental control.
By Command.
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
June, 1896.
Extract from a Report of the Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by His
Excellency on the 15th May, 1896.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had under consideration a despatch, hereto
attached, dated 16th April, 1896, from the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, transmitting a Minute of His Executive Council regarding the necessity of placing the Yukon
country under more effective governmental control.
The Minister of the Interior, to whom the said despatch was referred, states that, by
authority of Your Excellency, a detachment of twenty members of the North-West Mounted
Police was, in June 1895, detailed for service in the Yukon District, the Officer in Command,
in addition to his magisterial and other duties, to represent where necessary, and until other
arrangements could be made, all the Departments of the Government having interests in that
region, particularly the Customs, Inland Revenue and Interior.
The Minister further states that he also caused a surveyor to be sent into the District for
the purpose of laying out building lots and mining claims, and generally of performing such
duties as might be entrusted to him from time to time.
The Minister further states that from the foregoing it will be observed that the Government of Canada is keenly alive to the importance of that section of the country, and is kept
continuously and thoroughly informed of the condition and progress of its business and other
affairs, and that this Government may be depended upon to make ample provision for the
maintenance of peace and order and good government in that region.
The Minister recommends that the thanks of the Canadian Government be conveyed to
the Government of British Columbia for the suggestions made, accompanied by an assurance
that they will receive most careful consideration
The Committee advise that a certified copy of this Minute be transmitted to the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
All which is respectfully submitted for your Excellency's approval.
(Signed)        John J. McGee,
Clerk of the Privy Council.
His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
of the Province of British Columbia.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.


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