“Latest from Quebec. The Conference”, The Globe (25 October 1864)

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Date: 1864-10-25
By: The Globe
Citation: “Latest from Quebec. The Conference”, The Globe [Toronto] (25 October 1864).
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Latest from Quebec.


The Finances and the Judiciary.

The Conference expected to Close on


QUEBEC, Oct. 24.

I telegraphed you on Saturday that the members of the conference had been divided into two sections — a portion being set apart to consider the finance question, and another portion the judiciary. From reports going, I am not without suspicion that very serious difficulties were encountered in adjusting the financial interests of the different sections in a way to satisfy the various contracting parties. Mr. Galt and Mr. Brown were closeted until a late hour on Saturday night with Dr. Tupper, Mr. Tilley, Mr. Shea and Mr. Pope. Their discussions were resumed this evening, and I am told that there is a probability that a satisfactory basis of settlement will be obtained. The question of the judiciary is also evidently very difficult to deal with, from the great difference between Lower Canadian law and that of the other Provinces. Were it not for this the whole judicial system of the whole Union might be made uniform. The attempt seems to be in progress to obtain uniformity as near as possible consistent with the separation of Lower Canada from the arrangements of the other Provinces. I hear that the functions and duties of the local governments are under discussion, and now being debated in the evening session.

Such progress has been made as has warranted the Conference in announcing to the people of Montreal that the delegates would be able to attend the ball to be given there on Friday night, and a dejeuner on Saturday. The programme beyond Montreal has not yet been settled, but it is supposed that on Monday morning the delegates will proceeds up the Ottawa River to Ottawa — from Ottawa to Arnprior, and by Almonte and Brockville to Kingston, where the delegates are to be entertained — from Kingston to Toronto, where the delegates will remain two days. It is also hoped that a day will be given to Hamilton on the way to the Falls. It is supposed that the party will turn back from Clifton and go straight down to Portland via the Grand Trunk on their way home.

The proceedings of the Convention have so completely engaged the attention of the members of our Government, that the expected meeting of the Board of Railway Commissioners did not take place to-day. The Espianade matter is, therefore, still unsettled. A meeting may possibly take place to-morrow.

Hon. William McDougall left here to-night, to be present at the nomination for North Lanark on Wednesday.

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