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John Foster McCreight

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Author: Johnson, Patricia M.


Reference #: 1492

Status: For Sale

List Price: $49.00

Victoria; British Columbia Historical Quarterly, 1949. Octavo. Stapled Card Covers.

Though somewhat out-of-memory now, McCreight was the first Premier of British Columbia, and lead the first sittings of the Legislature in building the fundamental legal and political basis of the new member of Canadian Confederation. It was not an easy task, but the scope of the work is encapsulated by Ormsby in British Columbia: a History (p. 252): "The great work of the first session was to introduce legislation to provide for the smooth working of the new provincial government. In all, ninety acts were passed. The secret ballot was introduced, the franchise extended to all but Indians and Chinese, a consolidated revenue fund established and rules made for interpreting the statutes. In the expansive mood caused by the wiping out of the colonial debt, the members abolished the tolls on the Cariboo Road and adopted the Canadian tariff."

He was a man of integrity, and his famous run-in with Judge Begbie in 'Cranford v. Wright is recounted, with his words and actions at the end of that trial becoming "a sort of symbol of resistance to the arbitrary methods of Begbie" (first part, p. 82).

This present well-researched and footnoted work combines four separate articles appearing in the January, April, July and October issues of the Quarterly of 1948, with pagination as in the original source material. It was printed thus by 'Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty', the following year.

Light damp-staining at the top edge of the spine, not visible verso, and not affecting the interior inner margin, let alone the text. Near Fine. Uncommon.

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