Province of Canada, Legislative Council, Address [Reply to Throne Speech], 8th Parl, 4th Sess (9 August 1865)
By: Province of Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Province of Canada, Legislative Council, Journals of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada, 8th Parl, 4th Sess, 1865 at 15-16.
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MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:
We, Her Majesty’s dutiful and loyal subjects, the Legislative Council of Canada, in Provincial Parliament assembled, respectfully thank Your Excellency for Your Gracious Speech at the opening of the present Session.
We learn with satisfaction that, in conformity with the announcement which Your Excellency made from the Throne at the end of the last Session of Parliament, a deputation from the Canadian Ministry proceeded to London to confer with Her Majesty’s Government on questions of importance to the Province.
We thank Your Excellency for having called Parliament together at the earliest convenient moment after the return of the deputation, in order that it may receive the Report of their mission and complete the important business which, at the conclusion of the last Session, was left unfinished.
The correspondence referring to the mission to England, which Your Excellency is pleased to say you have directed to be communicated to this House, shall receive our most attentive consideration.
We agree with Your Excellency that the happy termination of the civil war which has for the last four years prevailed in the United States of America cannot fail to exercise a beneficial influence on the commercial and industrial interests of this Province, and that we may trust that the re-establishment of peace will lead to a constantly increasing development of friendly relations between our people and the citizens of the great Republic.
We learn with the greatest pleasure that the circumstances which rendered it necessary to place a portion of the Volunteer Militia of the Province on permanent duty, having ceased to exist, the force has been recalled; and we join with Your Excellency in expressing a feeling of satisfaction at the readiness with which the men responded to the call of duty, and the general good conduct which they exhibited daring the period of their service.
We acknowledge, with thankfulness, Your Excellency’s assurance that you have not failed to transmit to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, for presentation to Her Majesty, the Address to which this House agreed during the last Session, in favor of a Federal Union of the Colonies of British North America, and that you have desired that the reply of the Secretary of State shall be communicated to this House; and we unite with Your Excellency in trusting that mature examination of the project will ere long induce the Legislatures of the other Provinces to concur with that of this Province in giving their sanction to a measure which has been adopted as a great feature of Imperial policy, and has been twice noticed with approbation in Her Majesty’s Speeches from the Throne