Journals of the House of Assembly, 1869, pp.33-36
Whereas by the Imperial Act 30th and 31st Victoria, Chapter 3 entitled An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and for purposes connected therewith, provision is made for the admission of this Colony into the Union; it is therefore
RESOLVED, 1st--That it is expedient that this Colony should enter into the said Union as part of the Dominion of Canada, if an arrangement can be effected therefor on fair and equitable terms.
It is the opinion of this Committee that, in accordance with the general provisions of the Quebec Resolutions of 1864 and the said Act, as well as in addition to the same, and in modification thereof, the terms hereinafter specified would, as regards this Colony, form a just basis for arrangement.
EXPENSES PAID BY CANADA
2. The charges for the several Officers, Departments and Services enumerated in Schedule A shall be annually defrayed by the Government of the Dominion, together with the just claims of this Colony for other charges and concessions of like character with those borne or made by the Dominion with reference to the other Provinces.
3. The Public Debt and Liabilities of this Colony shall be assumed by the Dominion Government, and shall be chargeable as those of the other Provinces of the Dominion
4. There shall be annually allowed by the said Government, to the Government of this Colony, for the support of local Institutions:--
RESERVED RIGHTS, &c.
5. The transfer mentioned in the foregoing Resolution is subject to the proviso, that there be reserved to the Colony the right of opening, constructing, and controlling Roads and Bridges through any of the said lands; and the privilege heretofore exercised by the people, of cutting wood on ungranted lands; and subject further to the reservations and provisos contained in the 17th and 18th sections of the Local Act 7 Victoria, Chapter 1.
6. The preferable claims of Fishermen and Current Suppliers by the present Insolvency law of this Colony shall be maintained, unless hereafter altered by local enactment.
EXEMPTION FROM EXPORT TAX
7. No tax should be imposed on the Exports of this Colony, unless a similar tax be levied on all the staple products of the other Provinces of the Dominion.
8. From the condition of the people scattered along the coast, and their avocations in the Fisheries, requiring their absence from home during a great part of the year, it is the opinion of this Committee that a Militia Service would be unsuited to their circumstances; but it is believed that an efficient Naval Reserve Force may be established on a satisfactory basis, and an increase in numbers and greater efficiency given to the present Volunteer organization. In the isolated and undefended position of this Island, the maintenance of a garrison Force in St. John's, as at present, is indispensable.
9. As the Dominion Government has by the said Act control over sea coast and inland Fisheries, and as the present staple industry of this Colony is its Fisheries, and their encouragement would be mutually advantageous, and as certain branches thereof, particularly the Herring and Salmon Fisheries, require encouragement and improvement, to increase their industrial and commercial value, their prosecution should be stimulated by special subsidy from the General Government. In any Customs Act of the Dominion importers of dried fish shall be subject to the provision contained in the third section of the Act of this Colony, 31 Victoria, Cap. 1.
WATER COMPANY'S STOCK
10. As the right of the Colony to impose a tax on coal, as at present, for the purposes of the General Water Company, will cease after the Union of this Colony with Canada, the Dominion Government shall relieve the Company of its liability for the payment of the interest on the stock of the said Company, to the extent of $200,000.
11. There shall be provided by the General Government an efficient Mail Steam Service between the United Kingdom, this Colony, and Canada, a line of Steam Boats, for cargo and passengers between Montreal and St. John's during the season of navigation; the obligations of the Colony in respect of the present Mail Service with Halifax shall be undertaken by the Government of the Dominion, and Winter Steam Communication with Halifax shall be always maintained. There shall be an efficient Coastal Steam Service, including the Labrador, in connection with the Post Office, maintained by the Government of the Dominion.
APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE
12. That no final arrangement shall be made for the admission of this Colony into the Union, until an appeal be made to the people at the next General Election.
Charges to Be Borne by the Dominion Government
Governor and Secretary $ 10,524 Keeper of Lodge 277 Fuel and Light, Government House 924 $ 11,725 Customs Department 36,127.69 Surveyor General and Staff 3,064.15 Three Judges, Supreme Court 9,923.08 Circuits of Judges 3,400 Labrador Judge and Bailiff 1,330 Judges of District Courts Postal Department (net amount) 8,645 Interest on Debt 56,578 Coastal Steam Service 25,662 Protection of Fisheries 2,600 Volunteer Force 1,200 Halifax Mail Service 21,600 Geological Survey 2,500 Light Houses 22,000 ____________ $ 206,154.92
Assets Applicable to Purposes of Local Government
Interest on $25 per head for 130,000 inhabitants $3,250,000, at 5 per cent $ 162,500 Less interest on Public Debt 56,578 $ 105,922 80 cents per head on 130,000, subject to census 104,000 Grant for Surrender Crown Lands 175,000 Grant for additional Subsidy, subject to arrangement 24,000 ___________ $ 408,922