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Title External Affairs. High Commissioners Office. Series I. Department of Interior, Jan 1894-Dec 1896
Author McGee, John J
Date Jan 1894 - Dec 1896
Document Type Correspondence
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 97
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to the traffic of liquor in the North-West Territories, photographic surveying and the boundaries of Venezuela, the medical unfitness of Geographer of the Department of the Interior, the organisation of Labrador, boundaries between Canada and the United States, financial amounts received from colonists, difficulties of obtaining credit after failed harvests, list of Jewish families resident and displays of Canadian timber at Kew Botanical Gardens.
Series Description Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Biographical Note / History The Canadian High Commission to Britain was established on 10 June 1880. (Statutes of Canada, 43 Victoria., C11, 1880) When Sir Alexander Galt assumed the position of High Commissioner in 1880, his role was quasi-diplomatic. His responsibility was to conduct the business of the Canadian government in Great Britain. This meant all manner of government activity which would concern Canada, including defence arrangements, trade, finance, immigration, justice, shipping, etc. He was assisted in this work by representatives of various Canadian Government departments. But from the very beginning the High Commissioner began to act in a generally representative capacity and to perform tasks which were comparable to a diplomatic officer. The powers of the High Commissioner grew and by the early years of the twentieth century Lord Strathcona, High Commissioner from 1896-1914,had assumed responsibility for the overwhelming majority of the powers and responsibilities of the Canadian government in Great Britain.(Canada, House of Commons Debates, 5 December 1912).
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada; Venezuela
Places Ottawa, Ontario, Newfoundland, Manitoba, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality English; Russian; European; American Indian
Ships SS Damara
People Johnston, John; Tupper, Sir Charles
Keywords alcohol, surveying, health and sickness, treaty, finance, colonisation, child migration, Furness Line, Jewish, refugee
Language English
Copyright Library and Archives Canada