Diary Entry from the 4th Earl of Carnarvon (22 January 1867)

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Date: 1867-01-22
By: Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon
Citation: Diary Entry from the 4th Earl of Carnarvon (22 January 1867).
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Tuesday 22 January

Still very poorly.

In the afternoon at 5 p.m. Cartier and Langevin came to discuss Confederation as regards Lower Canada. Sir F. Rogers, Lord Monck, Adderley and Reilly (the draftsman) were present.

I explained the scheme but found unqualified opposition

On my proposal for the Legislative Council
On my distribution of these powers between Central and Provincial Legislatures
On my proposal to place “civil right and property” open to concurrent legislation by Government and local legislatures, and
On Lord Monck’s suggestion to put a check upon undue action of the General Legislature by passing app bills of a local character through a Committee composed of all members of the Province affected.

The result of this is that I shall have certainly to withdraw my Committee plan, to leave the civil right to exclusive action of the local legislatures and perhaps to make other changes.

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