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Title External Affairs. British High Commissioners Office. Department of Interior, Jan 1900-May 1902
Date Jan 1900 - May 1902
Document Type Correspondence
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 100
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to the Yukon Territory and the claims of settlers, individuals dying whilst prospecting for gold, the importance for Canada of work completed in India on irrigation, the arrest of Elliot R. Herrick for insanity and regulations for importing liquor into the Yukon.
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
Places Ontario, Canada
Nationality English; European
Keywords geology, mining, gold, farming, agriculture, irrigation, industry, trade, alcohol, legislation, prospecting, death, finance
Language English
Document(s) linked to External Affairs. British High Commissioners Office. Department of Interior, Jun 1902-Dec 1903
Copyright Library and Archives Canada