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riod at which it appeared material to commence; and to carry for ward by distinct years, a statement showing the amount of appropriations in each, so as to exhibit an accurate and comprehensive view of the state of the expenditure at the present time. Referring to those statements, and in due consideration of the advances and heavy expenses which have been incurred on account of a yet recent calamity, I recommend the expediency of making less liberal appropriations than usual, for some of the extraor. dinary and other services of the country: and a rigid observance of economy, until those floating advances are redeemed. Mr. President, and Gentlemen of
his Majesty's Council; Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the
House of Assembly; I am happy to acquaint you that various important operations of internal improvement have made considerable advancement during the present year. Had those retrenchments in the expenditure of the country, which I now recom. mend, been suddenly introduced, when the late severe depression occurred, many of the public works then under execution must have been suspended, and the country subjected to great additional dis. tress, from the more general stag. nations so thrown upon her internal operations. Being enabled, by a particular arrangement, to keep those works in full activity, I deemed it highly expedient rather to cause them to proceed with increas. ed spirit, than to relax in exertions which I perceived would be highly productive, as well as in other respects beneficial. The effect is apparent and in reviewing the past period of depression in the
commercial affairs of the country, it is highly consolatory to perceive that the liberal grants which you have made, realized and promptly applied as they have been to the more important public works, have effected more than was contem. plated, or could, in other times, have been accomplished with equal
[After recommending the agriculture and the fisheries of the province, as well as the institutions of education and learning, to the con. tinued protection of the legislature; advising the erection of light houses on the coast, &c., his excellency proceeds :]
I have great satisfaction in ac. quainting you that, in compliance with my representations, a measure has been adopted by his majesty's government, for completing the armament of all the militia forces of this province, without any charge upon its local funds. I shall have occasion to communicate with you by special message, on some ar rangements, relating to this important subject. Confident, now, in the full efficiency of an excellent militia system, to the formation of which my attention has long been devoted, and which you have enabled me to establish, by law.― Provided with every requisite by which to render that system practically efficient, when necessary; and convinced of the sentiments and spirit which would animate and inspire it for the defence and security of the country, I congra. tulate you on the perfection of a measure upon which so much reliance may justly be placed in the day of need, and which, by a judicious exercise of the powers vested in me, will be lightly felt by the people, when no need is. I re
commend this system to your continued support, in all its essential provisions.
I took an early opportunity of bringing under the consideration of a former assembly, the expediency of ascertaining the practicability, and probable cost, of opening a water communication across the narrow isthmus which separates the gulf of St. Lawrence from the bay of Fundy. The practicability of such an undertaking has been satisfactorily ascertained but it would not have been prudent for New-Brunswick, to take the execution upon herself; and the circumstances of those times were not altogether propi. tious for bringing it forward on general grounds. But in the present state of the inter-colonial trade, the accomplishment of this great project becomes an object of so much national importance, that I have recommended it in the strongest manner to the paternal consideration of his majesty's government, and to the governments of the adjoining provinces. Copies of my communications on this subject, shall be laid before you. Though not to be undertaken solely on New-Brunswick's account, this is a measure in which she is most nearly concerned, and which could not proceed without your concurrence. In the documents which have been prepared for your information, you will find reason sufficient to induce you to give to the measure, the fullest consideration; and, without giving any precise pledge, these will incline you to af. ford whatever conditional contribu. tion may appear to correspond with the particular position and circumstances of this province, viewed relatively with the general
object of the measure; and with the extent to which New-Bruns wick may participate, with the other North American provinces, and the West India colonies, generally, in a national work which it may fairly be considered will be beneficial to all.
In a position one of the least re. mote from the parent state; and remarkably favoured, in productions as well as in localities, for constant and mutually advantageous intercourse with her, and with other of her colonies-Protected by her power, and free to partici pate in the benefits of her extend. ed commerce, which she adapts with special regard to the interests of these possessions-With a rich and fertile soil, over which cultivation and its attendant benefits are gradually extending their comforts and their blessings; or, where still in a virgin state, abounding with valuable productions which will long enable this province to contribute to the commercial and maritime greatness of the empire, and at the same, if properly managed, to improve her own condition and enrich herself Intersected with rivers, and other water communications, extending from near the centre where this capital is fast rising in consideration and importance, to every part of the seaboard, where, at the estuaries of noble rivers, a flourishing and populous city, thriving towns, and dense communities, about to become such, have a ready arisenSurrounded by seas, teeming with sources of future wealth and power; and not deficient, in the more unexplored recesses of her soil, of other inherent resources, which at a suitable season, it will become prudent and productive to develope
Enjoying all the rights and privileges of British subjects, under the paternal government of our most gracious sovereign, and a wise system of laws, framed by yourselves, administered at the charge of your generous and affectionate parentWith capabilities of high statistical value, and such as these, in possession of a hardy, loyal, industrious and well disposed population:I hold not too high the advantages which you may secure to your.
selves, and transmit to your descen dants; nor indulge. too freely in the hope and expectation, that New-Brunswick shall flourish in no common degree, if her inhabitants continue to show that they know how to estimate the blessings, and improve the advantages they possess; and if proper measures be taken by all on whom it may depend to promote and secure them.
LEGISLATURE OF NOVA-SCOTIA.
From the Halifax Royal Gazette, February 11.
On Thursday, at two o'clock, his excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland, attended by his suite, went to the Council Chamber, and having taken his seat, a message was sent to the Assembly, commanding their attendance; on their entrance, his excellency opened the session with the following speech: Mr. President, and Gentlemen of his Majesty's Council, Mr. Speaker, and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly,
I have called you together at the time which best accords with the ordinary course of public business, with the desire I have felt to obtain early, for my administration, the advantage of your council and support.
It is a great satisfaction to me, that I can rely with confidence for this constitutional aid, on that temper and public spirit which have ever been so honourable to this legislature, and so productive of successful consequence to its la bours.
interests, and to ascertain how far the measures, recently adopted by the legislature, were on trial likely to produce the results for which they were contemplated.
The fisheries have, under the encouragement you have afforded them, been engaged in with spirit, and it is hoped, with advantage to the persons most interested in their success; and although I am not yet enabled to give you all the information desirable, in regard to the operation of your act for promoting the establishment of schools, it appears to have been
A full re
Quebec, November 21, 1828. A little before two o'clock his excellency the administrator of the government came down in state from the castle of St. Louis. Be. ing seated on the throne, his excellency opened the session in the following speech:
Gentlemen of the Legislative Council,
Gentlemen of the House of Assembly,
His majesty having been most graciously pleased to confide to me the government of this important colony, it affords me great satisfaction to meet you in provincial parliament.
Placed in a situation of so much importance, at a period of pecu. liar difficulty, I cannot but feel that very arduous duties are imposed upon me duties, indeed, which I should despair of being able to discharge, to the satisfaction of his majesty, and his faithful and loyal subjects the inhabitants of this
I shall freely communicate with you by message on all subjects touching the public interests, as occasions may arise; in the fullest assurance, that any suggestion which, by our labours, can be rendered subservient to the increase of the general welfare, will not be recommended by me to your consideration in vain.
OPENING OF THE PARLIAMENT OF LOWER CANADA.
province, if I did not look forward, with a sanguine hope, to the enjoy. ment of your confidence, and your cordial co-operation in my administration of the government.
Without a good understanding between the different branches of the legislature, the public affairs of the colony cannot prosper; the evils which are now experienced, cannot be effectually cured, the prosperity and welfare of his majesty's Canadian subjects cannot be promoted; and you may there. fore believe that no exertions will be spared on my part, to promote conciliation, by measures in which the undoubted prerogatives of the crown, and your constitutional privileges, will be equally respected.
His majesty's government has, however, relieved me from the responsibility attendant upon any measures to be adopted for the adjustment of the financial difficul. ties that have unfortunately occurred; and I shall take an early op.