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CERTIFIED COPY OF A REPORT
OF A COMMITTEE OF THE HONOURABLE THE PRIVY COUNCIL, APPROVED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL IN COUNCIL ON THE 27TH NOVEMBER, 1889.
The committee of the privy council have had under consideration a despatch, dated 9th April, 1889, from the right honourable the secretary of state for the colonies, transmitting a copy of a communication from the governor of Newfoundland in regard to the boundary line between that colony and Canada.
The right honourable the prime minister, to whom the despatch was referred, recommended that the despatch should be referred to the minister of the interior, with instructions to make full enquiries into the matter.
The committee have had their attention called by a subsequent despatch, dated 15th August, 1889, to the question of the rectification of the boundaries of Canada and Newfoundland on the Labrador coast.
The sub-committee, to whom the question was referred, submit a memorandum made by the geographer of the department of the interior, Mr. John Johnston, which lucidly and comprehensively states the position of affairs in regard to the boundary between the dominion of Canada and the dependencies of the colony of Newfoundland in Labrador.
The sub-committee state that it will be observed from Mr. Johnston's memorandum that the line referred to by Mr. Justice Pinsent, in his letter to the governor of Newfoundland of the 15th February last, was never intended to show the boundary of that portion of Labrador within the jurisdiction of the colony of Newfoundland, but merely to indicate in a general way what was presumed to be the boundary of the whole territory known as Labrador. The limits of the jurisdiction of Newfoundland on the Labrador coast are clearly defined by the imperial act 6, Geo. IV, cap. 59, section 9, and the imperial letters patent of the 28th March, 1876, making permanent provision for the office of governor of Newfoundland and its dependencies.
The sub-committee are of opinion that it is not likely any complication will arise as between Canada and Newfoundland which would render necessary the delimitation of this boundary by actual survey, but upon this question they suggest that it might be well to obtain the views of the
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government of Newfoundland and any suggestions which that government may have to make in that relation.
The committee concur in the foregoing report, and they recommend that your excellency be moved to forward a copy hereof to the right honourable the secretary of state for the colonies.
All which is respectfully submitted for your excellency's approval.
JOHN J. McGEE, Clerk Privy Council.
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LORD KNUTSFORD TO LORD STANLEY OF PRESTON.
Downing Street, 1st March, 1890.
Governor General the Right Honourable
Lord Stanley of Preston.
MY LORD,—With reference to your excellency's despatch of the 16th. of December, I have the honour to transmit to you, for communication to your excellency's government, copies of a correspondence between this department and Mr. R. J. Pinsent, assistant justice, Newfoundland, respecting the boundaries between Canada and Newfoundland on the Labrador coast.
On this question, I need hardly state that her majesty's government will be ready to give effect to any arrangement to which the two governments can mutually agree.
I have, etc.,