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 41 Vic. Victoria and .Nanaimo Telegraph. 579
RETURN
To an Address of the Legislative Assembly for copies of all Correspondence
between the Provincial and Dominion Governments with reference to the
establishment of Telegraphic communication between Victoria and Nanaimo.
By Command.
A. C. ELLIOTT,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
28th February, 1878.
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council, approved by His
Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor on the 23rd day of March, 1877.
On a Memorandum from the Honourable the Provincial Secretary, dated 22nd
March, 1877, recommending the approval by His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor of
an Address from the Legislative Assembly requesting that His Honour will be pleased
to recommend to the Dominion Government the expediency of having aline of telegraph
constructed between Victoria and Nanaimo.
The Committee advise that the recommendation be approved.
Certified,
(Signed) Wm. Smithe,
Minister of Finance and Clerk Executive Council.
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by His
Excellency the Governor-General in Council on the 15th day of June, 1877.
The Committee of Council have had under consideration a despatch from His
Honour Lieutenant-Governor Eichards, enclosing a Eeport of the Executive Council of
the Province of British Columbia, and an Address of the Legislative Assembly,
recommending to the Dominion Government the expediency of having a line of
telegraph constructed between Victoria and Nanaimo.
They have also had before them the Report of the Honourable the Minister of
Public Works, to whom said Despatch with enclosures has been referred.
The Minister states that the Order in Council admitting British Columbia as a
member of the Confederation provides by clause 4, for, among other services, " a postal
and telegraphic service."
That this has hitherto been considered to mean the maintenance of the then existing telegraphic lines, and it does not necessarily either include or exclude the construction of other lines of telegraph.
That the estimate for the current year for the maintenance of the existing lines of
telegraph in British Columbia was $36,720, while the revenue for last year was onlv
$10,000. J
That there is no reason to believe that the proposed line between Victoria and
Nanaimo would repay the yearly expenditure, and, with the present great deficit on
account of the telegraphic services, he is not able to recommend that this work be
undertaken.
Ho advises that the Secretary of State should inform the British Columbia Government that Parliament has not placed any appropriation at the disposal of the Dominion
Government for such purpose.
The Committee concur in tho foregoing Eeport of tho Minister of Public Works
and recommend that the same be approved and acted on.
Certified,
(Signed) W. A. Himsworth,
Clerk Privy Council.

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