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PETITION. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. 1883

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 398 Petition of British Columbia Board of Trade. 1883
PETITION.
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of
British Columbia :
The Petition of the "British Columbia Board of Trade " humbly sheweth:—
That the Board having had under consideration the projected scheme of A. J.
Ainsworth and others, as explained by Captain Blasdell personally, which scheme the
Board understands to embrace the opening up and working of certain mineral claims
on Kootenay Lake in this Province; in connection therewith, and in order to draw
supplies from the markets of this Province and transport the product of said mineral
claims to the seaboard by connecting with the Canadian Pacific Railroad at or near
Eagle Pass, the immediate construction of a waggon road from Shuswap Lake by way
of said Pass to Columbia River ; building and maintaining a line of Steamers on that
River to connect said waggon road with a Railroad to be constructed to Kootenay
Lake, and there connecting with another line of Steamers to the locality of said mineral
claims; and (without having had an opportunity of examining the Bill which is to be
introduced to the House) beg respectfully to represent that, in the opinion of the
members of this Board, the project is worthy of tho favourable consideration of your
honourable House, for the following reasons:—
1. That it will be the means of developing a section of this Province which at
present is of little or no value.
2. That in order to secure the trade of that section to British Columbia it is very
desirable to take advantage of the opportunity of connecting it with the present settled
and producing portions of the country, and thus initiate a connection with the valuable
mines about to be opened out.
3. That the opening of these mines will attract a large mining population to this
Province, which would materially add to the revenue, furnish a market for tho productions of the interior, and by affording prompt facilities of communication be the means
of securing an important branch of trade to British Columbia which might otherwise
find an outlet through the United States.
And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, &c, &c.
Signed on behalf of the British Columbia Board of Trade.
ROBT. WARD,
Acting Secretary.
R. P. RITHET,
President,

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