June 7, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Alfred Thompson

Conservative (1867-1942)


I am not discussing this question from a political standpoint, but simply the principle of representative government. and I leave party politics to my hon. friend. We are about to grant those two territorial divisions representative government ; and while I do not ask this government to give us in the Yukon what they are giving the new provinces, while I do not ask for provincial government in its entirety', because we are not prepared for that, I do ask that we should be given that government which these Territories now enjoy. It is not responsible government that these Territories have now, but it is an advance on the system we have in the Yukon. Let me tell you what that system is. We have there a legislative body called the Yukon Council, composed of ten members and a commissioner. Five of these members are elected by the people, five are appointed by the government and the commissioner presides. Ills position is analogous to that of lieutenant governor, except in this respect, that he occupies the dual position of Speaker of our assembly and Governor of the Territory.

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