Nova Scotia, House of Assembly, Debates and Proceedings: Union of the Colonies (12 April 1866)

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Date: 1866-04-12
By: Nova Scotia (House of Assembly)
Citation: Nova Scotia, House of Assembly, Debates and Proceedings, 23rd Parl, 3rd Sess, 1866 at 225-228.
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THURSDAY, March 12. [SIC – April 12]

  • (p. 225)

The House met at 3 o’clock.


Upon the motion to take up the order of the day, Mr. Annand asked that the debate be deferred in consequence of the arrival of the mail steamer from England, which had brought him important correspondence requiring immediate reply.

Hon. Prov. Sec. replied that the Government were desirous of pressing the matter to a conclusion, as the Session had far advanced. It was well known that gentlemen opposite desired delay for the purpose of creating an agitation of the most discreditable kind.

Mr. S. Campbell supported the proposition […]

  • (p. 226)

[…] for an adjournment of the debate.

Mr. Miller called attention to the fact that the Morning Chronicle, in publishing his recent speech on this question, had omitted a considerable portion of it It was of great important that this debate should be fairly sent to the country, and he trusted that the paper referred to would receive no portion of the grant for publishing the debates, unless this matter was remedied.

Mr. Annand said he was not aware of the circumstance until that moment. He should be ashamed if any one in his employ could be guilty of the act intentionally. He would request that the Committee on Reporting and Printing investigate the matter. He did not see why the debate should be thus forced on. Some time ago he had asked the Government to define their policy on the question, and the answer given was, that they had no policy until after New Brunswick had taken action. It would be impossible for him to remain in the house that afternoon.

Hon. Prov. Sec. said that no one could say that justice had not been done to the hon. gentleman in this debate—as to courtesy, he, Mr. Annand, was entitled to none, for he had been representing a majority of the house as corrupt and venal. He, Pro. Secy., was not prepared to accept the statement that private business interfered with Mr. Annand’s attendance, for that gentleman had spent the morning in the streets, and had made no secret of his intention to postpone the debate.

Mr. Annand rose to reply; but upon interruptions coming from the galleries, Mr. S. Campbell said he “saw strangers in the galleries,” whereupon they were cleared.

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