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Restriction of Chinese Immigration [Government of British Columbia] Mar 16, 1892

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55 Vict. Restriction of Chinese Immigration. 627
To an Address presented to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor requesting him to
cause to be placed before the House copies of all Orders in Council, correspondence,
and other documents in any way connected with the carrying into effect of the
desire of this House, as expressed last Session by resolution, respecting the making
of the " Chinese Immigration Act of Canada " more restrictive in its provisions.
By Command,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
16th March,  1898.
Copy of « Report of a Committee of the Honourable the  Executive  Council,   approved by His
Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 3rd day of March, 1891.
The Committee of Council submit for the approval of His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
the following Resolution passed by the Legislative Assembly during its present Session, viz.:—
" Whereas the ' Chinese Immigration Act of Canada' has proven in a great measure beneficial, but in some respects defective, more especially as the 5th section permits vessels to carry
one Chinese immigrant to any part of Canada for every 50 tons of its tonnage; but we are of
opinion that a much larger restriction should be imposed, and fewer Chinese carried on each
vessel, or their importation prohibited ;
" And whereas the 8th section imposes only an entrance duty of $50 on every person of
Chinese origin entering Canada, when $100 is in our opinion the lowest entrance duty that
should be charged, if Chinese are allowed to enter Canada at all;
" And whereas the 4th sub-section of the 8th section provides that the entrance duty of $50
shall not apply to any Chinese person who resided or was within Canada on 1st January, 1886;
and the 13th section authorizes the issuance of a certificate of leave to depart and return to
Chinese who wish to leave and return to Canada ; but, in our opinion, the entrance duty should
apply to all Chinese other than those mentioned in sub-sections (a) and (b) of section 8, and
the issuance of the above mentioned certificates should be entirely abolished ;
" Be it therefore resolved, That a respectful address be presented to His Honour the
Lieutenant-Governor, requesting him to move the Dominion Government to cause the 'Chinese
Immigration Act of Canada' to be made more restrictive in the manner indicated."
The Committee advise that a copy of this Minute, if approved, be forwarded to the
Honourable the Secretary of State for Canada.
(Signed)        A. Campbell Rbddie,
Deputy Clerk, Executive Council.
[Receipt of the above acknowledged by the Secretary of State, in despatch dated 11th
March, 1891.] 628 Restriction of Chinkse Immigration. 1892
Ottawa, 7th October, 1891.
Sir,—Referring to your despatch of the 4th March, 1891, enclosing copy of a resolution
passed by the Legislature of the Province of British Columbia, praying that the " Chinese
Immigration Act" be amended and made more restrictive in the manner indicated, I have the
honour to transmit to you herewith, for the information of your Government, copy of an
approved Minute of Council embodying the views of His Excellency's advisers on the subject
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        L. A. Catbllier,
His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
of British Columbia.
Under Secretary of State.
Certified Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council on the 2nd October, 1891.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had under consideration a despatch dated 4th
March, 1891, from the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, transmitting a copy of a
resolution adopted by the Legislature of the Province of British Columbia, praying that the
" Chinese Immigration Act" be amended and made more restrictive in manner indicated.
The Minister of Customs, to whom the despatch was referred, recommends that the
Lieutenant-Governor be informed that the subject matter of his despatch will have full
The Committee advise that the Secretary of State be authorized to forward a copy of this
minute, if approved, to the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia for the information of
his Government.
(Signed)        John J. McGee,
Clerk of the Privy Council.
His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
of British Columbia.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.


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