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MEMORANDUM BY SIR J. A. MACDONALD,
re DESPATCH 9TH APRIL, 1889, RECOMMENDING REFERENCE THEREOF TO THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.
Privy Council, Canada, 10th May, 1889.
The undersigned, to whom was referred the despatch from the secretary of state for the colonies on the subject of the boundary between Canada and Newfoundland, begs leave to report:
That, as stated in the said despatch, the boundaries of the two colonies on the Labrador coast are defined by the imperial act, 6 George IV, cap. 59, section 9. By that clause it is provided as follows:—
"That so much of the said coast as lies to the westward of a line to be drawn due north and south from the bay or harbour of Anse Sablon, inclusive, so far as the fifty-second degree of north latitude with the island of Anticosti, and all other islands adjacent to such part as last aforesaid of the coast of Labrador, shall be and the same are hereby re-annexed to and made a part of the said province of Lower Canada, and shall henceforward be subject to the laws of the said province, and to none other."
If any maps have been issued in Canada showing other boundaries than these they are inaccurate. The undersigned therefore recommends that this despatch be referred to the minister of the interior, with instructions to make full enquiries as to the issue of the said maps and to report as to the best means of correcting any such errors.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
JOHN A. MACDONALD.