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Title Canada House Correspondence
Author Galt, Sir Alexander T; Heaton, Ralph
Date Jun-Dec 1880
Document Type Correspondence; Report
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 95
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to proposed advertisements for emigration and the advantages of Canada, the dissemination of correct information to proposed Irish emigrants by Lord Kimberley and the general promotion of Irish migration, financial estimates for the emigration of 100,000 families, support for the formation of a National Emigration Association, shipments of copper and silver currency,
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) Motives for Emigration; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Great Britain; Ireland
Country (to) Canada
Places Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ports Halifax, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality English; Irish; European
Ships SS Sardinian
People Lord Kimberley (Wodehouse, John)
Keywords legislation, advertisement, agriculture, finance, advice literature, accounts, family, currency
Language English
Copyright Library and Archives Canada