H. C. Macaulay, President.
And it is the further wish of said board that your influence, help and co-operation in assisting the people of this territory to make the necessary recommendations to the parliament of the Dominion of Canada to prevent the passage through parliament of the Treadgold concession and water grant from Klondike river and Rock Creek such as is and has been contemplated.
The Treadgold concession and water grant as granted by an Order In Council and which when ratified by the parliament at its next session will become law is in the opinion of this board one of the most iniquitous measures that was ever inflicted upon the people, and (in the consideration of the Dawson Board of Trade) will work a groat hardship upon the people of this territory since it will mean the virtual bankruptcy of all the property holders of Dawson and surrounding territory, and instead of the Klondike becoming the prosperous country we expect, it will virtually become the property of Mr. Treadgold and those who are associated with him in his scheme.
An immense petition to the Dominion parliament to cancel and disallow this measure is being prepared and circulated fa copy of which will be sent you) embodying the objections of the people of the Yukon to the granting of this measure and asking the government to provide water for the miners of this territory.
Then, the communication proceeds at great length to state grounds against the Treadgold concession,with which I will not trouble tiie House at this time. Accompanying it is a copy of a petition which, in the second paragraph, in referring to this concession, says :
That the benefits conferred upon the grantees are of incalculable value and involve an enormous exploitation of the public resources of this territory for the benefit of a few favoured concessionaires.
And in the fourth paragraph it says :
That the need of this territory is not the creation of monopolies but their prevention, and the encouragement of the individual miners by securing equal privileges and opportunities to all as far as the law and the administration can provide them.
It concludes by asking that the Order in Council of April 21, 1902, may be cancelled. I would like to ask the right lion, leader of the government (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laur-ier) what the position of the government is in reference to the Treadgold concession, and whether this communication has been received by the government ? I would like any information as to the action of the government in future in regard to it which the right hon. gentleman thinks it proper to give to the House now.