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PAPERS Respecting the desirability of increasing the capitation tax on Chinese entering the Dominion,… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1897

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 60 Vict. Capitation Tax on Chinese. 949
Respecting the desirability of increasing the capitation  tax on Chinese entering the
Dominion, and submitting that British Columbia is entitled to three-fourths of
such revenue.
By Command.
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
SOth April, 1897.
Extract from a Report of the Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by His
Excellency on the 7th April, 1897.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had under consideration a despatch, hereto
attached, dated 27th February, 1897, from the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia,
transmitting a copy of an approved Minute of the Executive Council of that Province,
embodying a resolution of the Legislative Assembly, regarding the desirability of increasing
the " Capita Tax " on Chinese entering- the Dominion, and submitting that, in the opinion of
that Assembly, the Province is entitled to three-fourths of all moneys received in respect of
Chinese tax.
The Minister of Trade and Commerce, to whom the matter was referred, submits that
similar representations have, on various occasions been made by the Legislature of British
Columbia, which have been adversely reported upon by his predecessors, and having himself
carefully considered the matter he (the Minister) is not prepared to recommend any change in
the present law having reference to the imposition of "Capitation Tax" upon Chinese, or with
reference to the payment to that Province of any greater portion of such tax than is now
provided for.
The Committee advise that a certified copy of this Minute, if approved, be forwarded to
the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
(Signed)        John J.  McGee,
Clerk of the Privy Council.
victoria, b. c.:
Printed by Richard Wolfrndkn, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.


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