George Brown Fonds, Drafts of the Quebec Resolutions – Amendments to the Federal Division of Powers (21 October 1864)

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Date: 1864-10-21
By: George Brown
Citation: George Brown Fonds, Drafts of the Quebec Resolutions – Amendments to the Federal Division of Powers, October 21st, 1864 (MG 24, B 40, Vol. 21, p. 3746).
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Resolved, ––

That it shall be competent for the General Legislature to make Laws for the peace, welfare and good Government of the Federated Provinces (saving the Sovereignty of England) and especially Laws respecting: ––

  1. Trade and Commerce. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  2. The imposition or regulation of Duties of Customs on Imports and Exports.
  3. The imposition or regulation of Excise Duties. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  4. All or any other modes or systems of Taxation. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  5. Currency and Coinage. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  6. The Borrowing of Money on the Public Credit. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  7. Banking and the issue of paper money. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  8. The law relating to Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  9. [following three words strikethrough] The Rate of Interest. [illegible word blotted out]
  10. Legal Tender. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  11. Weights and Measures. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  12. Postal Service. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  13. Bankruptcy and Insolvency [the rest strikethrough] laws operating as a discharge of the debtor. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  14. Beacons [inserted from left margin Buoys] and Light Houses. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  15. Ocean [preceding word blotted out] Navigation and Shipping. [?CF symbol and checkmark inserted to the right]
  16. Sea Fisheries. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  17. Patents of Invention and Discovery. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  18. Copy Rights. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  19. Telegraphic Communication and the incorporation of Telegraph Companies. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  20. Naturalization [inserted , and Aliens] [checkmark inserted to the right]
  21. Marriage and Divorce. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  22. The [following three words strikethrough] taking of the Census.
  23. Militia – Military and Naval Service and Defence. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  24. Immigration. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  25. [next word strikethrough] Agriculture. [re-inserted agriculture] [checkmark inserted to the right]
  26. The Criminal Law [rest is strikethrough] (except the Constitution of Courts of Criminal Jurisdiction.)
  27. [inserted left margin X] [following two words strikethrough] Roads, Bridges, [capitalized L is overwritten on next word] lines of Steam [inserted ships] or other Ships, Railways, [inserted and] Canals [following three words are strikethrough] and other Works connecting any two or more of the Provinces together, [rest strikethrough] or extending beyond the limits of any one Provinces. [inserted at the end of provision, to the right Lines of Steamship between the Federated Provinces & ?other ?countries].
  28. [inserted left margin 28 X] [following provision strikethrough completely] All such Works, as shall, although lying wholly within any one Province, be specially declared by the Acts authorizing them to be for the general advantage.
  29. The Establishment of a General Court of Appeal for the Federated Provinces. [checkmark inserted to the right]
  30. [inserted left margin X] Subsidies or grants in aid of the Local Governments.
  31. The Public Debt and Public Property.
  32. And Generally respecting all matters of a general character, not specially and exclusively reserved for the Local Governments and Legislatures.

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