Appointment of Gold Commissioners: 0052.0029

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY Columbia and Kootenay District – Hon. Mr. Walkem objected to the allowances, and also to the appointment of three Gold Com. [sic] for a new district before enough was known about the mines to warrant it.

            The hon. the Acting Colonial Secretary explained that the district was a very extensive one, and that it would be impossible with fewer offices to do justice to the miners and protect the revenue along the frontier.

            The hons. Messrs. Horner and Holbrook thought it was rather premature to appoint so many Commissioners to that district; for although they had unlimited confidence in the richness of these mines, yet they were of opinion that two Commissioners would be able to do the work.

            Hon. Mr. Cornwall spoke in favor of the appointment.

            The hon. the Acting Colonial Secretary spoke very warmly and very eloquently in defense of the appointment, telling the House that however necessary retrenchment might be, it would be beginning at the wrong end to reduce the staff of Gold Commissioners.  [Here an impertinent fellow at our elbow asked where the hon. gentleman would have retrenchment begin, seeing he had so stoutly and so irresistibly fought against retrenchment everywhere else.]  He alluded to the injurious effect it would have both as regarded the maintenance of law and the protection of revenue.

            Hon. Mr. Homer objected to the allowances set down in the estimates.  He thought the salaries were ample without any allowances, and moved that they be struck out.  Resolution lost upon the usual division.

0052.0029: Appointment of Gold Commissioners

Coverage of the House of Assembly's discussion on the appointment of three Gold Commissioners for the Columbia and Kootenay District.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  February 16, 1866
Pages:  3
Publisher:  Victoria Daily Colonist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)

Keywords:

gold commissioner house of assembly

Subjects:

People arrow Cornwallarrow
People arrow Holbrookarrow
People arrow Homerarrow
People arrow Hornerarrow
People arrow Walkemarrow
Government arrow Officials arrow Gold Commissionersarrow
Government arrow Officials arrow MLAsarrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Gold Mining arrow Wild Horse Creekarrow

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