Memoirs of the Right Honourable Sir John Alexander Macdonald, G.C.B.: First Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada, Volume 1

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E. Arnold, 1894

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Page 377 - Provinces the system of government best adapted under existing circumstances to protect the diversified interests of the several Provinces, and secure efficiency, harmony and permanency in the working of the Union, would be a General Government charged with matters of common interest to the whole country, and Local Governments for each of the Canadas, and for the Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, charged with the control of local matters in their respective sections...
Page 380 - Every House of Commons shall continue for five years from the Day of the Return of the Writs for choosing the House (subject to be sooner dissolved by the Governor General), and no longer.
Page 380 - The General Parliament shall have power to make Laws for the peace, welfare, and good Government of the Federated Provinces (saving the Sovereignty of England), and especially Laws respecting the following subjects : 1.
Page 385 - Cents per Head of the Population as ascertained by the Census of One thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, and in the Case of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, by each subsequent Decennial Census until the Population of each of those two Provinces amounts to Four hundred thousand Souls, at which Rate such Grant shall thereafter remain.
Page 377 - The best interests and present and future prosperity of British North America will be promoted by a Federal Union under the Crown of Great Britain, provided such Union can be effected on principles just to the several Provinces.
Page 382 - The Local Legislatures shall have power to alter or amend their constitution from time to time. 43. The Local Legislatures shall have power to make Laws respecting the following subjects : — 1.
Page 383 - Commons. 54. It shall not be lawful for the House of Commons to adopt or pass any vote, resolution, address, or bill for the appropriation of any part of the public revenue, or of any tax or impost...
Page 348 - And the Government will seek, by sending representatives to the Lower Provinces, and to England, to secure the assent of those interests which are beyond the control of our own Legislation to such a measure as may enable all British North America to be united under a general Legislature based upon the Federal principle.
Page 384 - Bankers' Balances and Securities for Money belonging to each Province at the Time of the Union, except as in this Act mentioned, shall be the Property of Canada, and shall be taken in Reduction of the amount of the respective Debts of the Provinces at the Union.
Page 313 - Union was treated by them much as if the BNA Act were a private Bill uniting two or three English parishes. Had a different course been pursued — for instance, had united Canada been declared to be an auxiliary Kingdom, as it was in the Canadian draft of the Bill — I feel sure (almost) that the Australian Colonies would, ere this, have been applying to be placed in the same rank as "The Kingdom of Canada...

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