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portunity of conveying to you by useful acts as may have recently message, a communication from expired ; and, indeed, to all matters his majesty, which I have been es. of public interest that may appear pecially commanded to make to to be of pressing necessity and you upon the subject of the appro importance. priation of the provincial revenue. Possessing, as yet, but an imper.
It will be my duty to lay at the fect knowledge of the great inte. same time before you, the views of rests of the province, and the wants his majesty's government upon of its inhabitants, I refrain at the other topics, connected with the present time, from recommending government of this province, to to you measures of public improve. which the attention of the ministers ment, which it will be my duty to of the crown has been called; you bring under your consideration at will see in them proofs of the a future day.-In all countries, earnest desire of his majesty's go. however, good roads and other vernment, to provide, as far as may internal communications ;-a ge. be practicable, an effectual remedy neral system of education, estab. for any case of real grievance; lished upon sound principles ; and you may rely on my affording and a well-organized, efficient mi. you every assistance towards the litia force, are found to be so con. elucidation of any questions which ducive to the prosperity, the happi. may arise for discussion in the ness, and the security of their in. course of your proceedings. habitants, that I may be permitted
Gentlemen of the House of Assem. to mention them, at present, as obbly,
jects of prominent utility. I shall direct the accounts of the But an oblivion of all past jeaprovincial revenue, and expendi. lousies and dissentions is the first ture of the last two years, to be great step towards improvement of laid before you, as soon as possi. any kind; and when that is happily ble, with every explanation re. accomplished, and the undivided specting them, which it is in my attention of the executive govern. power to afford you.
ment, and the legislature, shall be Gentlemen of the Legislative given to the advancement of the Council,
general interests of the province, Gentlemen of the House of Assem. in a spirit of cordial co.operation, bly,
there is no reason to doubt that Relying on your zeal and dili. Lower Canada will rapidly advance gence in the discharge of your le. in prosperity; and emulate, ere gislative duties, I feel persuaded long, the most opulent and flourish. that you will give your immediate ing portions of the North American attention to the renewal of such continent.
PARLIAMENT OF LOWER CANADA.
Legislative Council Chamber,
Friday, Nov. 28th. Lieutenant Colonel Yorke, civil secretary, brought down the fol.
lowing message from his excellen-
the administrator of the govern. his majesty's government have pre. ment avails himself of the earliest scribed to his excellency the limits opportunity of conveying to the within which his communications legislative council the following to the legislature on this matter are communication, which he has re. to be confined. ceived the king's commands to His excellency is commanded · make to the provincial parliament. by his majesty to acquaint the le.
In laying the same before the legislative counsel, that the discus. gislative council, his excellency is sions which had occurred some commanded by his majesty to state, years past between the different that
branches of the legislature of this His majesty has received too province respecting the appropria. inany proofs of the loyalty and at. tion of the revenue, have engaged tachment of his Canadian subjects, his majesty's serious attention, and to doubt their cheerful acquies. that he has directed careful en. cence in every effort which his quiry to be made, in what man. majesty's government shall make to ner these questions may be adjustreconcile past differences, and he ed with a due regard to the pre. looks forward to a period, when by rogative of the crown, as well as the return of harmony, all branches to their constitutional privileges, of the legislature will be able to and to the general welfare of his bestow their undivided attention on faithful subjects in Lower Canada. the best methods of advancing the His excellency is further com. prosperity, and developing the re. manded to state. that the statutes sources of the extensive and valua. passed in the 14th and the 31st ble territories comprised within his years of the reign of his late majesty's Canadian provinces majesty, have imposed upon the
With a view to the adjustment lords commissioners of his ma. of the question in controversy, his jesty's treasury, the duty of appro. majesty's government has commu. priating the produce of the revenue nicated to his excellency Sir James granted to his majesty by the first Kempt its views on different ooolol of these statutes ; branches of this important subject;
and that, whilst the but as the complete settlement of
en l law shall continue the affairs of the province cannot
o unaltered by the be effected but with the aid of the same authority by which it was imperial parliament, the instruc. framed, his majesty is not autho. tions of his excellency are at pre. rized to place the revenue under sent confined to the discussion of the control of the legislature of points alone, which can no longer this province. be left undecided without extreme The proceeds of the revenue disadvantage to the interests of the rini | arising from the act of province.
the imperial parliament, Among the most material of these öö | 14 Geo. 3. together with points, the first to be adverted to, ooo | the sum appropriated by is, the proper disposal of the finan. De the provincial statute 35 cial resources of the country; and Geo. 3. and the duties levied under with the view of obviating all future the provincial statutes 41 Geo. 3. misunderstanding on this matter, cap. 18 and 14, may be estimated
3,000 Casual Reve. Fines, &c. 400
for the current year, at the sum of which the amount of the crown re. £3,700.
venues above mentioned may prove The produce and casual and ter. inadequate) may require.
| ritorial revenues of The balance in the hands of the
the crown and offines receiver general, which is not and forfeitures may placed by law at the disposal of be estimated for the the crown, must await the appro. same period at the priation which it may be the plea. sum of £3,400. sure of the provincial legislature to
| These several sums, make making together the sum of His excellency is further com. £38,100, constitute the whole esti. manded by his majesty to recom. matad revenue arising in this pro. mend to the legislative council, the vince, which the law has placed at enactment of a law, for the indem. the disposal of the crown.
nity of any persons who have here. His majesty has been pleased to tofore, without authority, signed or direct that from this collective re. acted in obedience to warrants for venue of £38,100, the salary of the the appropriation to the public ser. officers administering the govern. vice of any appropriated moneys of ment of the province, and the sala. this province : And his majesty ries of the judges, shall be defrayed. anticipates that they will, by an But his majesty being graciously acquiescence in this recommendadisposed to mark, in the strongest tion, show that they cheerfully con. manner, the confidence which he cur with him in the efforts which reposes in the liberality and affec. he is now making for the establishtion of his faithful provincial par ment of a permanent good under. liament, has been pleased to com. standing between the different mand his excellency to announce branches of the executive and le. to the legislative council, that no gislative government. farther appropriation of any part The proposals which his excel. of this revenue will be made until lency has been ihus instructed to his excellency shall have been ena make for the adjustment of the bled to become acquainted with their pecuniary affairs of the province, sentiments, as to the most advanta. are intended to meet the difficul. geous mode in which it can be ap. ties of the ensuing year, and he plied to the public service ; and it trusts they may be found effectual will be gratifying to his majesty, if for that purpose. the recommendation made to the His majesty has however fur. executive government of the pro. ther commanded his excellency to vince on this subject, shall be such acquaint the legislative council, that as it may be able with propriety, a scheme for the permanent set. and with due attention to the inte. tlement of the financial concerns rest and the efficiency of his ma. of Lower Canada, is in contemplajesty's government, to adopt. tion, and his majesty entertains no
His majesty fully relies upon the doubt of such a result being attain. liberality of his faithful provincial able as will prove conducive to the parliament, to make such further general welfare of the province, provision as the exigencies of the and satisfactory to his faithful Ca. public service of the province (for nadian subjects.
The complaints which have majesty's treasury for the amount reached his majesty's government, of his receipts. respecting the inadequate security His excellency is further in. heretofore given by the receiver structed to acquaint the legislative general and by the sheriffs, for the council, that although it was found due application of the public nio. necessary by an aci passed in the neys in their hands, have not es. last session of the imperial parlia. caped the very serious attention of ment, 9 Geo. IV. cap. 76, sec. the ministers of the crown.
26, to set at rest doubts which had It has appeared to his majesty's arisen, whether the statute for re. government that the most effectual gulating the distribution between security against abuses in these de. the provinces of Upper and Lower partments, would be found in enfor. Canada, of the duties and customs cing in this province, a strict adhe. collected at Quebec, had not been rence to a system established under inadvertently repealed by the ge. his majesty's instructions in other co. neral laws of a later date, his ma. lonies, for preventing the accumula. jesty's government have no desire tion of balances in the hands of that the inteference of parliament public accountants, by obliging them in this matter should be perpetuated, to exhibit their accounts to a com- if the provincial legislatures Cad petent authority, at short intervals, themselves agree upon any plan and iminediately to pay over the as. for a division of these duties which certained balance into a safe place may appear to them more conve. of deposite ; and in order to ob. nient and more equitable; and on viate the difficulty arising from the the whole of this subject, his mawant of such place of deposite in jesty's government will be happy Lower Canada, his excellency is to receive such information and as. authorized to state that the lords sistance as the legislative council commissioners of his majesty's and assembly of this province may treasury will hold themselves re. be able to supply. sponsible to the province for any The appointment of an agent in sums which the receiver general or England to indicate the wishes of sheriffs may pay over to the com. the inhabitants of Lower Canada, missary general, and his excellen. appearing an object of great solici. cy is instructed to propose to the tude with the assembly, his majes. legislative council, the enactment ty's government will cheerfully acof a law, binding those officers to cede to the desire expressed by pay over to the commissary gene. the house of assembly upon this ral such balances as, upon render. head; provided that such agent be ing their accounts to the compe. appointed, as in other British colo. tent authority, shall appear to be nies, by name, in an act to be remaining in their hands, over and passed by the legislative council above what may be required for and assembly, and approved by the the current demands upon their executive government of the prorespective offices; such payments vince; and his majesty's govern. being made on condition that the ment are persuaded that the legis. commissary general shall be bound lature will not make such a selecon demand to deliver bills on his tion as to impose on the govern.
of rejecting the bill on the ground townships. Regulations affecting of any personal objection to the matters of this nature can obviously proposed agent.
be most effectually made by the His majesty's government is fur. provincial legislature; and his exther willing to consent to the abo. cellency is commanded to draw the lition of the office of agent, as it is attention of the legislative council at present constituted; but it is to these subjects, as matters re. trusted that the liberality of the quiring their early and most serious house of Assembly will indemnify attention. the present holder of this office, In conclusion, his excellency has to whose conduct in that capacity been commanded to state, that his no objection appears ever to have majesty relies for an amicable ad. been made ; indeed, without some justment of the various questions adequate indemnity being provided which have been so long in dis. for him, it would not be compatible pute, upon the loyalty and attachwith justice, to consent to the im- ment hitherto evinced by his mamediate abolition of his office. jesty's Canadian subjects, and on
His majesty's government being that of the provincial parliament ; very sensible of the great incon- and that his majesty entertains no venience which has been sustain doubts of the cordial concurrence ed, owing to the large tracts of of the legislative council, in all land which have been suffered to measures calculated to promote the remain in a waste and unimproved common good, in whatever quarter condition, in consequence of the such measures may happen to orineglect or poverty of the grantees, ginate. it has appeared to his majesty's government that the laws in force in Upper Canada, for laying a tax
RESOLUTIONS upon wild land. on which the set. Of the House of Assembly, in answer tlement duties had not been per
to the foregoing Message. formed, should be adopted in this 1. That this house has derived province; and his excellency is in the greatest satisfaction from the structed to press this subject on the gracious expression of his majes. attention of the legislative council ty's beneficent views towards this with that view.
province, and from the earnest de. The attention of his majesty's sire of his excellency, the adminis. government has also been drawn trator of the government, to pro. to several other important topics; mote the peace, welfare, and good among which may be enumerated: government of the province, as The mischiefs which are said to evinced in his excellency's mes. result from the system of tacit sage of Friday last. ... mortgages effected by a general ac. 2. That this house has, neverknowledgment of a debt before a theless, observed with great con. notary; the objectionable and ex. cern, that it may be inferred from pensive mode of conveyancing said the expression of that part of the to be in use in the townships; the ne. said message which relates to the cessity of a registration of deeds; appropriation of the revenue, that and the want of proper courts for the pretension put forth at the com. the decision of causes arising in the mencement of the late administra.