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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 inheretofore 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 mo. necessary by an act passed in the neys in their hands, have not es last session of the imperial parliacaped 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 regovernment 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 collected at Quebec, had not been rence to a system established under inadvertently repealed by the ge.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 malonies, 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 can petent authority, at short intervals, themselves agree upon any plan and immediately 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 colotent 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 selec. on 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 ex. ther 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 disa for him, it would not be compatible pute, upon the loyalty and attach. with justice, to consent to the im- ment hitherto evinced by his ma. mediate 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 ori. neglect or poverty of the grantees, ginate. it has appeared to his majesty's government that the laws in force
RESOLUTIONS in Upper Canada, for laying a tax 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 mesresult 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.
tion to the disposal of a large por. the interests and efficiency of his tion of the revenue of this province, government, this house will most may be persisted in.
respectfully consider any estimate 3. That under no circumstances, for the necessary expenses of the and upon no considerations what. civil government for the ensuing soever, ought this house to aban. year, which may be laid before it, don, or in any way compromise, its confidently trusting, that in any inherent and constitutional right, such estimate a due regard will be as a branch of the provisional par. had to that economy which the preliament representing his majesty's sent circumstances of the country subjects in this colony, to superin. and its other wants require. tend and control the receipt and 7. That on the permanent set. expenditure of the whole public tlement before mentioned being ef. revenue arising within this pro. fected, with the consent of this vince.
house, it will be expedient to ren. 4. That any legislative enact. der the
der the governor, lieutenant go. ment in this matter by the parlia. vernor, or any person
administering ment of the united kingdom, in the government, for the time being, which his majesty's subjects in the judges and executive councilthis province are not and cannot lors, independent of the annual vote be represented, unless it were for of this house, to the extent of their the repeal of such British statutes, present salaries. or any part of British statutes, as 8. That although this house feels may be held by his majesty's go. most grateful for the increased se. vernment to militate against the curity against the illegal applica. constitutional right of the subject tion of the public money which in this colony, could in no way tend must result from his majesty's goto a settlement of the affairs of the vernment referring all persons who province.
may have been concerned in such 5. That no interference of the application to an act of indemnity British legislature with the esta. to be consented to by this house, it blished constitution and laws of will be inexpedient to consent to this province, excepting on such any such enactment, till the full points as from the relation between extent and character of such illegal the mother country and the Ca. application may have been fully innadas can only be disposed of by quired into and considered. the paramount authority of the 9. That this house feels the British parliament, can in any way most sincere gratitude for his ma. tend to the final adjustment of any jesty's solicitude to effect the most difficulties or misunderstandings perfect security against the recur. which may exist in this province, rence of abuses on the part of per. but rather to aggravate and per
sons intrusted with public moneys
in this province. 6. That in order to meet the 10. That this house has not com. difficulties of the ensuing year, and plained, nor have any complaints to second the gracious intentions been made known to it, respecting of his majesty for the permanent the arbitration for the distribution settlement of the financial concerns between the provinces of Upper of the province, with due regard to ment the painful and invidious duty
and Lower Canada of the duties hereafter result, from the manner collected in Lower Canada ; but in which the powers and superin. that in this, as in every other re. tendence of the crown) in the most spect, this house will most cheer. essential particular as effecting the fully co-operate in every equitable general prosperity of the province, *and constitutional measure which may have been exerted. may be submitted to it as desira. 14. That it is the desire of this house ble by the inhabitants of Upper to take as speedily as possible every Canada.
measure in its power, that the inhabi. 11. That this house has seen tants of the townships, upon a subdi. with sentiments of the highest sa vision of the counties in which they tisfaction and gratitude, the decla. are situated, by act of the provincial ration of the willingness of his ma. Parliament, shall have a full and jesty's government cheerfully to equitable representation in this accede to the desires which the house, of persons of their own free assembly has so frequently expres. choice; and that the house will sed during the last twenty years, of cheerfully concur in every mea. having an agent in England to in. sure which may appear to be most dicate the wishes of the inhabitants desirable to their inhabitants, and of Lower Canada ; and that it is most conducive to the general wel. expedient to provide for such an fare. appointment without delay.
15. That this house is fully sen. 12. That so soon as the scheme sible of the distinguished mark of in contemplation of his majesty's confidence reposed in the loyalty government for the permanent set and attachment hitherto evinced tlement of the financial concerns by his majesty's Canadian subjects of the province shall have been and their representatives in the made known and considered, it provincial parliament, by his mạ. may be expedient to provide some jesty's declaration that he relies on adequate indemnity to such per. them for an amicable adjustment sons as were placed on the civil es. of the various questions which have tablishment of this province with been so long in dispute. salaries prior to the year 1818, 16. That amongst these ques. and whose offices may have been tions not particularly mentioned on found to be unnecessary, or require the present occasion, this house to be abolished.
holds as most desirable to be adjust. 13. That this house will cheer. ed and most essential to the future fully consent in any measure which peace, welfare, and good govern. may appear most likely to be suc. ment of the province, viz.: cessful in effectually removing the The independence of the judges, great inconvenience which has and their removal from the political boen sustained from the non-per. business of the province. formance of the duties of settle. The responsibility and accountament by grantees or holders of land bility of public officers. obtained from the crown, and A greater independence of sup. otherwise remove the obstructions port from the public revenue, and to the settlement of the country more intimate connexion with the which may have resulted, or may interests of the colony, in the
composition of the legislative coun. tioned against by the subjects in cil.
this province, thereby assuring to The application of the late pro. all the invaluable benefit of an im. perty of the Jesuits to the purpose partial, conciliatory and constitu. of general education.
tional government, and restoring a The removal of all obstructions well-founded and reciprocal confi. to the settlement of the country, dence between the governors and particularly by the crown and the governed. clergy reserves remaining unoccu. That an humble address be pre. pied in the neighbourhood of roads sented to his excellency the admi. and settlements, and exempt from nistrator of the government, with the common burthens;
a copy of the foregoing resolu. And a diligent inquiry into, and tions, humbly praying that he would a ready redress of, all grievances be pleased to submit the same to and abuses which may be found to his majesty's government in Eng. exist, or which may have been peti. land.
LEGISLATURE OF UPPER CANADA.
York, U.C. Majesty's faithful Canadian sub. His Excellency addressed both jects; and I trust, if the public good Houses of the Provincial Parlia. be exclusively and diligently con. ment in the following Speech : sidered, in the exercise of your im.
portant functions, that those ends Honourable Gentlemen of the Legis. will be assured, and that the bene. lative Council, and Gentlemen of ficial effects of your proceedings the House of Assembly.
will soon be apparent in every part At the time of my assuming the of the province. government which his Majesty has Gentlemen of the House of Assembly, been pleased to commit to my I have ordered the estimates of charge, I was desirous of meeting the present year, and the public you in provincial parliament at an accounts, to be laid before you. earlier period than the present : but The commands of his majesty the interests of the country have that have relation to the several been best consulted by convening addresses of the House of Assem. you at a season when little embar
bly of the last parliament, shall be rassment, or inconvenience, can be communicated to you. experienced in any district, from Honourable Gentlemen, and Gentlemen, your being called to your legisla The laws that are about to expire tive duties.
will require your consideration. In recommending your immediate The repeal of the act, entitled, “An ånd earnest attention to be directed act for better securing this Proto affairs that are closely connected vince,” &c. passed in the 44th year with the welfare of the colony, I of the late king, is, I think, advi. must remark, that no surer proofs sable, as it seldom can be applied of your vigilance and judgment can to cases which it was intended to be adduced, than the prosperity, meet. happiness and contentment of his The report of the arbitrators on