I do not like to discuss the language of documents without having these documents before me. I read what Sir Alexander said and I shall read it again, and it is all that he said on that point.
Having reference to the condition of Canada at the time of the union with the province the undersigned is of opinion : That the authority given, by the 95th section of the British North America Act is an authority to regulate and promote immigration into the provinces and not an authority to prohibit immigration.
That is what the British Columbia authorities attempted to do at the time.
A law which prevents the people of any country from coming into the province cannot he said to be of a local or private nature. On the contrary, it is one involving Dominion, and possibly imperial interests.
By that rule we have been bound ever since.