Open Collections

BC Sessional Papers

CORRESPONDENCE RE LAND GRANT TO THE COLUMBIA & WESTERN RAILWAY. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1902

Item Metadata

Download

Media
bcsessional-1.0064135.pdf
Metadata
JSON: bcsessional-1.0064135.json
JSON-LD: bcsessional-1.0064135-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): bcsessional-1.0064135-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: bcsessional-1.0064135-rdf.json
Turtle: bcsessional-1.0064135-turtle.txt
N-Triples: bcsessional-1.0064135-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: bcsessional-1.0064135-source.json
Full Text
bcsessional-1.0064135-fulltext.txt
Citation
bcsessional-1.0064135.ris

Full Text

 2 Ed. 7 Columbia and Western Railway Land Grant. 1375
CORRESPONDENCE
LAND GRANT TO THE COLUMBIA & WESTERN RAILWAY.
Attorney-General's Office,
Victoria, June 9th, 1902.
The Honourable
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Re Land Grant, Section 4, Columbia & Western Railway.
Sir,—During the course of the debate upon the Message of His Honour referring to the
above matter it was suggested, after I had given an axplanation of the arrangement made in
1898 between Mr. Shaughnessy, on behalf of the Columbia & Western Railway Company, and
the Premier, Mr. Turner, that I should write to you giving you a short history of the events
which led up to the contract between Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann and the Government for the
construction of a line of railway from the Coast to Penticton, and from Penticton to Midway.
The "Columbia and Western Railway Aid Act, 1896," authorised the Lieutenant-
Governor in Council to grant 20,000 acres per mile. This was applicable to sections 1, 3, 4, 5
and 6 only, section 4 of the railway being from Christina Lake to Midway?. In the fall of
1897 Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann commenced negotiations with the Government for the construction of a line from the Coast to Robson, upon the terms of a money subsidy of $4,000 a
mile. By the terms of the " Railway Aid Act, 1897," authority was given to subsidise a railway from the Coast to Midway to the extent of $4,000 per mile. Upon the 23rd February,
1898, it was proposed by Mr. Mann to the Government that if the "Railway Aid Act, 1897,"
was amended so as to give power to bonus to the extent of $4,000 per mile a line from Midway
to Robson, Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann would enter into a contract to build a railway from the
Coast to Penticton as one section, and from Penticton to Robson as another section, and that
they would give security to the extent of $75,000 for the construction of each section.
Early in 1898 the then Government had been acquainted with the fact that the Columbia
cfe Western Railway Company were preparing to build from Robson to Penticton, and that Mr.
Shaughnessy would be in Victoria in June to arrange with the Government the final details.
The Government at that time was most anxious to secure the construction of a through line
from the Coast to Penticton, to connect at that point with the Columbia & Western system,
thus securing a through line from the Coast to Robson. Mr. Mann was unwilling to do
anything unless the bonus was given to Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann for a line as far as Midway?,
giving as his reason that if his firm reached Midway the line would not be dependent solely?
upon the Columbia & Western, but would have an outlet to the south if satisfactory traffic
arrangements with the Columbia & Western Railway could not be made. The Government
was then confronted with these facts : The Columbia & Western Railway Company were ready
to build from Robson to Penticton, but Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann would not contract for a
road to Penticton as its eastern terminus, insisting upon a bonus for the line as far as Midway.
Mr. Shaughnessy arrived in Victoria in June, and negotiations were entered into by the
Government with him and with Mr. Mann, with a view of arriving at such a solution of the
matter as would result in the construction of a line from the Coast to Robson. The Government intimated to Mr. Shaughnessy its desire to have a through line from the Coast to Robson, and that Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann were willing to enter into a contract for the construction
of a line from the Coast to Midway if the Columbia & Western Railway Company would give
up its right to construct from Midway to Penticton. Mr. Shaughnessy consented to this,
provided the Columbia & Western subsidy rights were protected in respect of the portion of
the Columbia & Western Railway which the Company would, under the changed conditions,
be permitted to construct. In other words, when the Columbia & Western Railway Company
had constructed to Midway, it should be entitled to its full subsidy acreage for the mileage
constructed. This was agreed upon, and accordingly a contract was entered into by the
Government with Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann for the construction of a line from the Coast to
Midway, via Penticton. Upon the execution of this contract, the Columbia & Western Railway Company entered upon the construction of its line from Robson to Midway. Subsequently,
in July, 1898, the Government proposed to the Columbia & Western Railway Company that a
cash subsidy of $4,000 per mile should be taken, and an agreement upon these lines was signed
by the Company, but political changes prevented its completion.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
D. M. Eberts,
Attorney-General.
victoria, b. c. :
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1902.

Cite

Citation Scheme:

        

Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics

Share

Embed

Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                        
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            src="{[{embed.src}]}"
                            data-item="{[{embed.item}]}"
                            data-collection="{[{embed.collection}]}"
                            data-metadata="{[{embed.showMetadata}]}"
                            data-width="{[{embed.width}]}"
                            async >
                            </script>
                            </div>
                        
                    
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:
http://iiif.library.ubc.ca/presentation/cdm.bcsessional.1-0064135/manifest

Comment

Related Items