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RETURN To an humble Address presented to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, praying that he will cause… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1909

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 9 Ed. 7 Freight and Passenger Rates on B. C. Railways. G 39
To an humble Address presented to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, praying
that be will cause to be transmitted to this House a copy of the Order in Council
of April 17th, 1907, embodying a Resolution of this House of the 16th April,
1907, in respect to freight and passenger rates charged on railways in British
Provincial Secretary's Office, Provincial Secretary.
26th February, 1909.
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council,  approved by His
Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 17th day of April, 1907.
The Committee of Council submit for the approval of His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
the undermentioned Resolution of the Legislative Assembly, namely :—
" Whereas by section 11 of the Terms of Union the Government of the Dominion, undertook to secure the construction of a line of railway to connect the seaboard of British Columbia
with the railway system of Canada :
" And whereas large areas of public lands belonging to the Province of British Columbia
have been conveyed   to the Dominion Government in furtherance of the said railway :
" And whereas the benefits to be derived from the construction of the said railway was
one of the inducements which led to the Union of British Columbia with the other Provinces
of Canada, as well as for the conveyance to the Dominion Government of the public lands of
the Province aforesaid :
" And whereas the railway above referred to is national in its character, and as such has
received a very large measure of assistance of public moneys and lands :
" And whereas it was not contemplated at the time of the Union of British Columbia
with the other Provinces of Canada that there should be any discrimination in freight and
passenger rates between one locality and other localities, or between one Province and any
other Province:
" And whereas numerous complaints have from time to time been made by various Boards
of Trade in British Columbia, to the effect that existing freight rates discriminate against
cities in British Columbia :
" And whereas the Board of Railway Commissioners have ordered a reduction of passenger rates to three cents per mile upon all railways between Calgary and the Atlantic :
" And whereas the passenger rates charged upon railways in British Columbia is in excess
of three cents per mile :
" And whereas such excess is a discrimination detrimental to the best interests of British
Columbia, as it tends to prevent development and the influx of population :
"Therefore, be it Resolved, "That an humble Address be presented to His Honour the
Lieutenant-Governor, praying that he will cause a full representation of the facts to be made
to the Government of the Dominion and to the Board of Railway Commissioners, to the end
that British Columbia may be placed in as favourable a condition in respect to freight and
passenger rates as are other portions of the Dominion."
The Committee advise that a copy of this Minute, if approved, be forwarded to the
Honourable the Secretary of State and to the Board of Railway Commissioners.
(Signed)        F. Carter-Cotton,
Presiding Member of the Executive Council.
Victoria, 16th April, 1907.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, I.S.O., V.D., Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.


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