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W. F. Tolmie, J. W. Trutch, J. Trimble. Esquimalt town — First session,
March, i860, to February, 1861, G. T. Gordon,; second session, June, 1861,
to January, 1862, G. T. Gordon (3) ; third session, March, 1862, to De-
cember, 1862, T. Harris (4), Wm. Cocker (vice Harris); fourth session,
January, 1863, to February, 1863, Wm. Cocker. Esquimalt District — First
session, March, i860, to February, 1861, J. S. Helmcken, James Cooper (5),
R. Burnaby (vice Cooper) ; second session, June 1861, to January, 1862, J.
S. Helmcken, Robert Burnaby; third session, March, 1862, to December,
1862, J. S. Helmcken, R. Burnaby; fourth session, January, 1863, to Feb-
ruary, 1863, J. S. Helmcken (6), R. Burnaby. Lake District — First ses-
sion, March, i860, to February, 1861, G. F. Foster; second session, June,
1861, to January, 1862, G. F. Foster; third session, March, 1862 to De-



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cember, 1862, G. F. Foster; fourth session, Jantferlt 1863, to February,
1863, G. F. Foster. Sooke District — First session, March, i860, to Feb-
ruary, 1861, W. J. Macdonald; second session, June, 1861, to January, 1862,
W. J. Macdonald; third session, March, 1862, to December, 1862, W. J.
Macdonald; fourth session, January, 1863, to February, 1863, W. J. Mac-
donald. Saanich District — First session, March, i860, to February, 1861,
John Coles; second session, June, 1861, to January, 1862, John Coles; third"
session, March, 1862, to December, 1862, John Coles; fourth session, Janu-
ary, 1863, to February, 1863, John Coles. Salt Spring District — First ses-
sion, March, i860, to February, 1861, J. J. Southgate; second session, June,
1861, to January, 1862, J. J. Southgate; third session, March, 1862, to De-
cember, 1862, J. J. Southgate; fourth session, January, 1863, to February,
1863, J. J. Southgate. Nanaimo District — First session, March, i860, to
February, 1861, A. R. Green; second session, June 1861, to January, 1862,
A. R. Green (7), D. B. Ring (vice Green); third session, March, 1862, to
December, 1862, D. B. Ring; fourth session, January, 1863, to February,
1863, D. B. Ring.

(i) Resigned October, 1861.

(2) Resigned October, 1861.

(3) Resigned January, 1862.

(4) Resigned September, 1862.

(5) Resigned November, i860.

(6) Speaker.

(7) Resigned October, 1861.

Executive Council of Vancouver Island, September, 1863, to Septem-
ber 1866: Hon. William A. G. Young, acting Colonial Secretary, from
September, 1863, to August, 1864 (i) ; Hon. George Hunter Gary, Attorney
General, from September, 1863. to August, 1864 (2) ; Hon. Alexander Wat-
son, Treasurer, from September, 1863, to September, 1866; Hon. Joseph D.
Pemberton, Surveyor-General, from September, 1863, to October, 1864 (3) ;
Hon. Henry Wakeford, acting Colonial Secretary, from August, 1864, to
June, 1865 (4) ; Hon. Thomas Lett Wood, acting Attorney-General, from



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August, 1864, to September, 1866; Hon. B. W. Pearse, acting Surveyor-
General, from October, 1864, to September, 1866; Hon. W. A. G. Young,
Colonial Secretary, from June, 1865, to September, 1866.

(i) Leave of absence.

(2) Resigned.

(3) Resigned.

(4) Superseded by Colonial Secretary.

Legislative Assembly, Vancouver Island, Third Parliament, September,

1863, to August, 1866: Victoria City — First session, September, 1863, to
July, 1864; W. A. G. Young, A. DeCosmos, L W. Powell, J. C. Ridge (i),
S. Franklin (vice Ridge) ; second session, September, 1864, to July, 1865,
A. DeCosmos (2), L W. Powell, S. Franklin, C. B. Young (3), A. De-
Cosmos (re-elected), L. McClure (vice C. B. Young); third session, No-
vember, 1865, to August, 1866, L W. Powell, S. Franklin (4), A. DeCos-
mos, L. McClure, C. B. Young (vice Franklin.) Victoria District — First
session, September, 1863, to July, 1864, E. H. Jackson, W. F. Tolmie, J
Trimble; second session, September, 1864, to July, 1865, W. F. Tolmie, J
Trimble, James Dickson; third session, November, 1865, to August, 1866,
W; F. Tolmie, J. Trimble, James Dickson. Esquimalt town — First session
September, 1863, to July, 1864, G. F. Foster; second session, September

1864, to July, 1865, J. J. Southgate; third session, November, 1865, to
August, 1866, J. J. Southgate (5), E. Stamp (vice Southgate). Esqui-
malt District — First session, September, 1863, to July, 1864, J. S. Helmcken
(6), R. Burnaby; second session, September, 1864, to July, 1865, J. S,
Helmcken, R. Burnaby; third session, November, 1865, to August, 1866, J.
S. Helmcken, John Ash. Lake District — First session, September, 1863,
to July, 1864, J. Duncan; second session, September, 1864, to July, 1865,
J. Duncan; third session, November, 1865, to August, 1866, J. Duncan.
Sooke District — First session, September, 1863, to July, 1864, J. Carswell;
second session, September, 1864, to July, 1865, J. Carswell; third session.



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November, 1865, to August, 1866, J. Carsweil. Saanich District — First
session, September, 1863, to July, 1864, C, Street; second session, Septem-
ber, 1864, to July, 1865, (7) C. Street, J. J. Cochrane (vice Street) ; third
session, November, 1865. to August, 1866, J. J. Cochrane. Salt Spring
District — First session, September, 1863, to July, 1864, John T. Pidwell
(8), George E. Beans (vice Pidwell); second session, September, 1864, to
July, 1865, G. E. Deans; third session, November, 1865, to August, 1866,
G. E. Deans (9), J. T. Pidwell (vice Deans.) Nanaimo District — First
session, September, 1863, to July, 1864, A. Bayley; second session, Septem-
ber, 1864, to July, 1865, A. Bayley; third session, November, 1865, to
August, 1866, T. Cunningham.



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Resigned January, 1864.

Resigned February, 1865.

Resigned February, 1865.

Seat declared vacant April, 1866.

Seat declared vacant April, 1866.

Speaker.

Resigned October, 1864.

Unseated on petition.

Unseated on petition.



Legislative Council of Vancouver Island, September, 1863, to Septem-
ber, 1866: Hon. David Cameron, Chief Justice, from September, 1863,
to November, 1865 (i); Hon. D. B. Ring, acting Attorney-General, from
September, 1863, to October, 1863 (2) ; Hon. Alexander Watson, Treasurer,
from September, 1863, to September, 1866; Hon. Roderick Finlayson,
Member of Council, from September, 1863, to September, 1866; Hon. Al-
fred J. Langley, Member of Council, from September, 1863, to January,
1864 (3) ; Hon, B. W. Pearse, acting Surveyor-General, from October,
1863, to April, 1864 (4) ; Hon, George H. Gary, Attorney-General, from
October, 1863, to August, 1864 (5) ; Hon. Joseph D, Pemberton, Surveyor-
General, from April, 1864, to October, 1864 (6) ; Hon. Donald Eraser,
Member of Council, from April, 1864, to September, 1866; Hon. Henry



304 BRITISH COLUMBIA

VVakeford, acting Colonial Secretary, from August, 1864, to June, 1865 (7) '.
Hon. Henry Rhodes, Member of Council, from August, 1864, to September,
1866; Hon. Thomas Lett Wood, acting Attorney-General, from August,
1864, to September, 1866; Hon. B. W. Pearse, acting Surveyor-General,
from October, 1864, to September, 1866; Hon. W. A. G. Young, Colonial
Secretary, from July, 1865, to September, 1866; Hon. Joseph Needham,
Chief Justice, from November, 1865, to September, 1866 (8).

(i) President. Resigned.

(2) Superseded by Attorney-General.

(3) Mr. Langley's name does not appear on minutes of Council after
this date.

.(4) Superseded by Surveyor-General.

(5) Resigned.

(6) Resigned.

(7) Superseded by Colonial Secretary.

(8) President.

Legislative Council, 1864 to July 19th, 1871 : Session 1864 — The Hon.
Arthur N. Birch, Colonial Secretary; Hon. Henry P. P. Crease, Attorney-
General; Hon. Wymond O. Hamley, Collector of Customs; Hon. Chartres
Brew, Magistrate, New Westminster; Hon, Peter O'Reilly, Magistrate,
Cariboo East; Hon. E. H. Sanders, Magistrate, Yale; Hon. H. M. Ball,
Magistrate, Lytton; Hon. J. A. R. Homer, New Westminster; Hon. Robert
T. Smith, Hope, Yale and Lytton; Hon. Henry Holbrook, Douglas and
Lillooet; Hon. James Orr, Cariboo East; Hon. Walter S. Black, Cariboo
West.

Session 1864 to 1865 — Hon. Arthur N. Birch, Colonial Secretary and
Presiding Member; Hon. Henry P. P. Crease, Attorney-General; Hon.
Charles W. Franks, Treasurer; Hon. Wymond O. Hamley, Collector of
Customs; Hon. Chartres Brew, Magistrate, New Westminster; Hon. Peter
O'Reilly, Magistrate, Cariboo; Hon. H. M. Ball, Magistrate, Lytton; Hon.
A. C. Elliot, Magistrate, Lillooet ; Hon. John C. Haynes^ Magistrate, Osoyoos
and Kootenay; Hon. J. A. R. Homer, New Westminster district; Hon.




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Henry Holbrook, Douglas and Lillooet districts ; Hon. Clement F. Cornwall,
Hope, Yale and Lytton districts; Hon. George Anthony Walkem, Cariboo
East district; Hon. Walter Moberly. Cariboo West district.

Session, 1866 — Hon. Henry M. Ball, acting Colonial Secretary, and
Presiding Member; Hon. Henry P. P. Crease, Attorney-General; Hon.
Charles W. Franks, Treasurer; Hon. Joseph W. Trutch, Chief Commission-
er of Lands and Works; Hon. Wymond O. Hamley, Collector of Customs;
Hon. Chartres Brew, Magistrate, New Westminster; Hon. Peter O'Reilly,
Magistrate, Kootenay; Hon. Andrew C. Elliot, Magistrate, Lillooet; Hon.
John C. Haynes, Magistrate, Osoyoos and Kootenay; Hon. J. A. R. Homer,
New Westminster district; Hon. Henry Holbrook, Douglas and Lillooet dis-
tricts; Hon. Clement F. Cornwall, Hope, Yale and Lytton districts; Hon.
George Anthony Walkem, Cariboo East district; Hon. Robert Smith, Cari-
boo West district.

Session 1867^ — First session after union with Vancouver Island. Hon.
Arthur N. Birch, Colonial Secretary and Presiding Member; Hon. Henry
P. P. Crease, Attorney-General; Hon. William A. G. Young, acting during
session as Treasurer; Hon. Joseph W. Trutch, Chief Commissioner of Lands
and Works ; Hon. Wymond O. Hamley, Collector of Customs ; Hon. Thomas
Lett Wood, acting during session as Solicitor-General ; Hon. Henry M. Ball,
Magistrate, Cariboo West; Hon. Chartres Brew, Magistrate, New West-
minster; Hon.- George W. Cox, Magistrate, Cariboo E^st; Hon. William
PI. Franklyn, Magistrate, Nanaimo; Hon. William J. Macdonald, Magis-
trate, Victoria; Hon. Peter O'Reilly, Magistrate, Kootenay; Hon. Edward
H. Sanders, Magistrate, Yale and Lytton; Hon. Amor DeCosmos, Victoria;
Hon. J. S. Helmcken, Victoria; Hon. Joseph D. Pemberton, Victoria dis-
trict; Hon. John Robson, New Westminster; Hon. Robert T. Smith, Colum-
bia River and Kootenay ; Hon. Joseph J. Southgate, Nanaimo ; Hon. Edward
Stamp, Lillooet; Hon. Geo. A. Walkem, Cariboo; Hon. Francis J. Barnard,.
Yale and Lytton.



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Session 1868 — The Hon. W. A. G. Young, acting Colonial Secretary
and Presiding Member; Hon. Henry P. Pellew Crease, Attorney-General;
Hon. Robert Ker, acting during session as Treasurer; Hon. Joseph W.
Trutch, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works; Hon. Wymond O. Ham-
ley, Collector of Customs; Hon. Henry M. Ball, Magistrate, New West-
minster; Hon. George W. Cox, Magistrate, Columbia and Kootenay; Hon.
Thomas Elwyn, acting during session as Magistrate for Cariboo; Hon. Wm.
J. Macdonald, Magistrate, Victoria; Hon. Peter O'Reilly, Magistrate, Yale
and Lytton; Hon, Warner R. Spalding, Magistrate, Nanaimo; Hon.
Thomas Lett Wood, Magistrate, Victoria; Hon. Amor DeCosmos, Victoria;
Hon. John S. Helmcken, Victoria; Hon, Joseph D. Pemberton, Victoria
district; Hon. John Robson, New Westminster; Hon, Robert T. Smith,
Columbia and Kootenay; Hon. Edward Stamp, Lillooet; Hon. Geo. A.
Walkem, Cariboo; Hon, Francis Jones Barnard, Yale and Lytton,

Session 1868-69 — The Hon, W. A. G. Young, acting Colonial Secre-
tary and Presiding Member; Hon, Henry P, Pellew Crease, Attorney-Gen-
eral ; Hon. Joseph W. Trutch, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works ;
Hon. Wymond O. Hamley, Collector of Customs; Hon, Arthur T, Bushby,
acting Postmaster-General; Hon, Edward G. Alston, J. P, ; Hon. Henry M.
Ball, J. P. ; Hon, Henry Holbrook, J. P, ; Hon. Peter O'Reilly, J. P. ; Hon.
A, F, Pemberton, J. P.; Hon, Edward H, Sanders, J. P, ; Hon, George
Anthony Walkem, J, P, ; Hon, Thomas Lett Wood, J, P, ; Hon, Robert W.
W. Carrall, Cariboo; Hon, John C, Davie, Victoria district; Hon, M, W. T,
Drake, Victoria City; Hon, Henry Havelock, Yale; Hon, John S. Helmcken,
Victoria City; Hon, Thomas B, Humphreys, Lillooet; Hon. David B. Ring,
Nanaimo ; Hon, John Robson, New Westminster,

Session 1870 — The Hon, Philip J, Hankin, Colonial Secretary and
Presiding Member; Hon, Henry P. Pellew Crease, Attorney-General; Hon,
Joseph Wm. Trutch, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works; Hon.
Wymond O, Hamley, Collector of Customs; Hon. Arthur T. Bushby, acting



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Postmaster-General ; Hon. Edward G. Alston, J. P. ; Hon. Henry M. Ball,
J. P. ; Hon. Henry Holbrook, J. P. ; Hon. Peter O'Reilly, J. P. ; Hon. Au-
gustus F. Pemberton, J. P. ; Hon. Edward H. Sanders, J. P. ; Hon. George A.
Walkem, J. P. ; Hon. Thomas Lett Wood, J. P. ; Hon. Francis Jones Bar-
nard, Yale ; Hon. Robert W. W. Carrall, Cariboo ; Hon. Amor DeCosmos,
Victoria district; Hon. Edgar Dewdney, Kootenay district; Hon. M. W. T.
Drake, Victoria City; Hon. John Sebastian Helmcken, Victoria City; Hon.
Thomas B. Humphreys, Lillooet; Hon. David B. Ring, Nanaimo; Hon. John
Robson, New Westminster.

Session 187 1 — The Hon. Philip J. Hankin, Colonial Secretary (Speak-
er) ; Hon. George Philippo, Attorney-General ; Hon. Joseph W. Trutch
(i). Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works; Hon. Wymond O. Hamley,
Collector of Customs ; Hon. Augustus F. Pemberton, J. P. ; Hon. Edward
G. Alston, J. P. ; Hon. Henry Nathan, Victoria City ; Hon. John S. Helm-
cken, Victoria City; Hon. Amor DeCosmos, Victoria district; Hon. Arthur
Bunster, Nanaimo; Hon. Hugh Nelson, New Westminster; Hon, Clement
F. Cornwall, Hope, Yale and Lytton ; Hon. Thomas B. Humphreys, Lillooet
and Clinton; Hon. Robert W. W. Carrall, Cariboo; Hon. Robert J. Skinner,
Kootenay.

(i) On February 14th, 1871, the Hon. P. O'Reilly was appointed a
member of the Legislative Council, vice the Hon, J. W, Trutch, absent from
the Colony

PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATIONS,

THE MC CREIGHT MINISTRY.

Hon. J. F. McCreight, Q. C, Premier and Attorney-General from
December 1871, to December 23, 1872.

Hon. A. R. Robertson, Q. C, Provincial Secretary from January, 1872,
to December, 1872.

Hon. Henry Holbrook, Lands and Works, from November, 187 1, to



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January 15, 1872, and President of Council from January 15 to December
20, 1872.

Hon. George A. Walkem, Q. C, Lands and Works, from January 12 to
December 20, 1872.

This Ministry resigned on December 23, 1872.

THE DE COSMOS-WALKEM MINISTRY.

Hon. Amor De Cosmos, Premier and President of Council, December 23,
1872, to February 11, 1874. (Resigned.)

Hon. G. A. Walkem, Q. C, Attorney-General from December 23, 1872,
to February 11, 1874, and Premier from February 11, 1874, to January 2^,
1876.

Hon. Robert Beaven, Lands and Works, from December 23, 1872, to
January 27, 1876.

Hon. Dr. John Ashe, Provincial Secretary, from December 23, 1872,
to January 27, 1876.

Hon. W. J. Armstrong, Member of the Cabinet, without portfolio,
from December 23, 1872, to February 23, 1873, ^^^ Finance and Agriculture,
from February 28, 1873, to January 27, 1876.-

Ministry resigned January 2y, 1876.

THE ELLIOT MINISTRY.

Hon. A. C. Elliot, Premier, Attorney-General and Provincial Secretary,
from February i, 1876, to June 25, 1878.

Hon. Forbes G. Vernon, Lands and Works, from February i, 1876, to
June 25, 1878.

Hon. T. B. Humphreys, Finance and Agriculture, from February i, 1876,
to September 11, 1876. (Resigned.)

Hon. William Smithe, Finance and Agriculture, from August 10, 1876,
to June, 1878.



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Hon. E. B. Davie, Provincial Secretary, from May, 1877, to August.
1877.

Ministry resigned June, 1878.

THE W^ALKEM MINISTRY.

Hon. J. Walkem, Premier, Attorney-General, Lands and Works, and
President of the Council, from June 26, 1878, to June 12, 1882. (Appointed
Judge.)

Hon. T. B. Humphreys, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Mines, from
June 26, 1876, to June 13, 1882. (Resigned.)

Hon. Robert Beaven, Finance, from June 26, 1876, to June 13, 1882.

THE BEAVEN MINISTRY.

The Ministry in power from the dissolution of the third Parliament to
January, 1883, was as follows :

Hon. Robert Beaven, Premier, Lands and Works, Finance, Agriculture,
and President of Council, from June 13, 1882, to January 30, 1883.

Hon. T. B. Humphreys, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Mines,,
from June 13, 1882, to August 23, 1882. (Resigned.)

Hon. J. R. Hett, Attorney-General, from June 13, 1882, to January 30.
1883.

Hon. W. J. Armstrong, Provincial Secretary, from August 23, 1882, to
January 30, 1883.

THE SMITHE MINISTRY.

Hon. William Smithe, Premier, Lands and Works, from January 29,
1883, to March 29, 1887.

Hon. A. B. Davie, Attorney-General, from January 29, 1883.

Hon. John Robson, Provincial Secretary, Finance and Agriculture, from
January 29, 1883.

Hon. M. W. T. Drake, Q. C, President of Council, from January 29,
1883, to December 8, 1884. (Resigned.)

Hon. Simeon Duck, Finance and Agriculture, from March 21, 1885.



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THE DAVIE MINISTRY.

Hon. A. E. B. Davie, Premier and Attorney-General, from April, 1887,
to August, 1889. (Died August, 1889.)

Hon. John Robson, Provincial Secretary, Finance and Minister of Ag-
riculture, to July, 1887.

Hon. F. G. Vernon, Lands and Works, from April i, 1887.

Hon. Robert Dunsmuir, President of Council to August 8, 1887. (De-
ceased.)

Hon. J. H. Turner, Finance and Agriculture, from August, 1887.

THE ROBSON MINISTRY.

Hon. John Robson, Premier, Provincial Secretary and Minister of
Mines, August 3, 1889, to June, 1892.

Hon. F. G. Vernon, Lands and Works, August 3, 1889, to June, 1892.

Hon. J. H. Turner, Finance and Agriculture, August 3, 1889, to June,
1892.

Hon. Theodore Davie, Q. C, Attorney-General, August 3, 1889, to
June, 1892.

Hon. C. E. Pooley, Q. C, President of Council, August 3, 1889, to June,
1892.

Ministry dissolved June, 1892, by death of Premier.

THE DAVIE MINISTRY.

Hon. Theodore Davie, Premier, Attorney-General and Provincial Sec-
retary, July 2, 1892, to March, 1895.

Hon. F. G. Vernon, Mines and Agriculture, July 2, 1892, to March 4,

1895-

Hon. Lieut.-Col. James Baker, Education and Immigration, May 28,
Provincial Secretary, September 8, 1892, to March 4, 1895.



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Hon. C. E. Pooley, Q. C, President of Council, July 2, 1892, to March
4, 1895.

Ministry resigned March, 1895.

THE TURNER MINISTRY.

March 4, 1895 — August 8, 1898.

Hon. J. H. Turner, Premier, Finance and Agriculture.
Hon. C. E. Pooley, Q. C, President of Council.

Hon. Colonel Baker, Provincial Secretary, Minister of Mines, Education
and Immigration.

Hon. G. B. Martin, Lands and Works.

Hon. D. M. Eberts, Q. C, Attorney-General.

Ministry dismissed August 8, 1898.

THE SEMLIN MINISTRY.

August 12, 1898 — February 27, 1900.

Hon. C. A. Semlin, Premier and Minister of Public Works and Agri-
culture.

Hon. Joseph Martin, Attorney-General and Acting Minister of Education.

Hon. F, L. Carter-Cotton, Finance Minister.

Hon. J. Fred Hume, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Mines.

Hon. R. McKechnie, President of the Executive Council, without port-
folio.

On March 10, 1899, changes were made in the distribution of portfolios.
Mr. Semlin retired from the Chief Commissionership of Lands and Works
and undertook the duties of the Provincial Secretaryship, Mr. Hume resign-
ing that, but continuing to be Minister of Mines, while Mr. Carter-Cotton
became Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works in addition to his office as
Minister of Finance and Agriculture. Mr. Martin continued to hold the
Attorney-Generalship and Dr. McKechnie the Presidency of the Council.



312 BRITISH COLUMBIA

On July 27, at the request of the Premier, Mr. Martin resigned and was
succeeded August 7, 1899, by Mr. Alex. Henderson. On February 27, 1900,
Lieutenant-Governor Mclnnes dismissed the Ministry and called on Mr.
Joseph Martin to form a Government.

THE MARTIN MINISTRY.

March i, 1900 — ^June 14, 1900. '

Hon. Joseph Martin, Premier and Attorney-General.

Hon. C. S. Ryder, Minister of Finance.

Hon. Smith Curtis, Minister of Mines.

Hon. J. Stuart Yates, Chief Commissioner Lands and Works.

Hon. George W. Beebe, Provincial Secretary.

In April, 1900, Mr. Ryder retired and Mr. J. C. Brown became Minister
of Finance. Mr. Martin appealed to the country, and, in consequence of the
elections, resigned office June 14, 1900. Mr. Dunsmuir was called on to
form a cabinet. Another result of the elections was the dismissal from
office of Lieutenant-Governor Mclnnes, June 21, 1900.

THE DUNSMUIR MINISTRY.

June 15, 1900 — ^November, 1902.

Hon. James Dunsmuir, Premier and President of the Council.

Hon. D. McE. Eberts, Attorney-General.

Hon. J. H. Turner, Minister of Finance and Agriculture.

Hon. Richard McBride, Minister of Mines.

Hon. W. C. Wells, Chief Commissioner Lands and Works.

Hon. J. D. Prentice, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Education.

The Premier and Messrs. Eberts and Turner were sworn in June 15,
but Messrs. Wells, McBride and Prentice not till June 21. Mr. Turner re-
signed September 3, 1901, to accept position as Agent-General in London.
Mr. Prentice became Finance Minister and Mr. J. C. Brown, M. L. A., was



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sworn in September 3, 1901, as Provincial Secretary. Mr. McBride resigned
from the Cabinet in consequence of the calHng in of Mr. Brown. On going
back for re-election, Mr. Brown was defeated and resigned his portfolio.
Mr. McBride's place was filled by the appointment of Hon. E. G. Prior,
February 26, 1902.

Mr. Dunsmuir resigned November 21, 1902, and Mr. Prior was called
on to form a Government.

THE PRIOR MINISTRY.

November 21, 1902 — June i, 1903.

Hon. Edward G. Prior, Premier and Minister of Mines.

Hon. D. McE. Eberts, Attorney-General.

Hon. James D. Prentice, Minister of Finance and Agriculture.

Hon. Denis Murphy, Provincial Secretary.

Hon. W. C. Wells, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.

Hon. W. W. B. Mclnnes, President of the Council.

Messrs. Wells and Murphy were appointed November 22, and Messrs.
Eberts and Mclnnes, November 25. Mr. Murphy relinquished office within
a few days, and Mr. Mclnnes was appointed Provincial Secretary and Min-
ister in Charge of Education, December i, 1902, having been President of
the Council for one week.

On May 26, 1903, it was announced that Premier Prior had requested
the resignation of Mr. Eberts and Mr. Wells. On May 27 Mr. Mclnnes
resigned, in order, he explained, to facilitate an appeal to the country on
party lines. The House re-assembled, after an adjournment of some weeks,
May 27. The adjournment took place in order to afford a special committee
opportunity to take evidence in regard to the Columbia and Western railway
land grants, and the position of officials of the C. P. R. in that affair. When
the House re-assembled, Premier Prior stated that he had formed the opinion
that it was impossible for the Government to be carried on effectively with



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acute differences of opinion existing between its members. He had ac-
quainted the Lieutenant-Governor with the situation, and had been promised'
a dissolution as soon as the supplies had been voted. Subsequently the Pre-
mier moved the adjournment of House, and the motion was voted down by
17 to 14. A'fter discussion, a motion, by the Opposition, to adjourn was
also voted down, and subsequently a motion to adjourn, made by the Premier,
was agreed to. On May 28, Colonel Prior asked the House to vote the
supplies necessary until the new House was elected. This request was re-
fused by a vote of 19 to 16. Mr. Curtis moved for a committee to investi-
gate a. newspaper charge that Colonel Prior had improperly secured a con-
tract to his firm from a department of which he was at the time Acting Min-
ister. He concurred in Mr. Curtis' motion. On the committee reporting
the evidence, Col. Prior acknowledged that he had been indiscreet, but denied
that he had been dishonest.

On June i, the Lieutenant Governor dismissed the Prior Ministry and
called on the Hon. Richard McBride to form a government, which he suc-
ceeded in doing, as follows :

THE MC BRIDE MINISTRY.

June I, 1903.

Hon. Richard McBride, Premier and Chief Commissioner of Lands
and Works.

Hon. A. E. McPhillipa, Attorney-General.



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