“Correspondence of the Globe,” [re Elective Legislative Council] (18 April 1849)


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Date: 1849-04-18
By: The Globe
Citation: “Correspondence of the Globe,”The Globe (18 April 1849).
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MONTREAL Saturday Morning, 14th.

The House was engaged on Tarsday [sic] evening in parish business of no particular intest [sic]. A great many private bills went through [illegible] second reading.

The Legislative Council [illegible] engaged on the same day in the discussion of a series of resolutions of the Hon. Thomas McKay, in favour of [illegible]ing the Legislative Council elective. Mr. McKay’s [illegible] argument for the change was, that a number of members had been called to the House during the past year for the purpose of passing particular measures. It was show, in answer, that the late ministers had called eleven members, while the present Administration had called twelve, and even with these parties are only equal. Mr. McKy met with no support, Mr. McGill, the leader of the Opposition, declaring himself satisfied that the House had [illegible] its independence. Only the mover voted for the resolutions.

In the House last night the Tariff was again the subject of discussion in Committee. After a long debate the duty on whiskey was fixed at 4[illegible]. Per [illegible] and 12½ per cent. The present duty is the prohibitory [illegible] of 2d. per gallon, above 200 per cent. The duty on [illegible] was fixed on 20 per cent ad valorem. There was a proposition to reduce the proposed duty of twenty per cent on messpork to 25 per cent, but it was lost.

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