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Correspondence Between Lieut.-Governor McInnes and Honourable C. Semlin, Premier, In Respect to the Dismissal of the Semlin Government.

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Author: Semlin, Premier Charles A.

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Reference #: 1549

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A Minority Government in British Columbia! Whoever has heard of such a thing?
(some guidance on what not to do!)


n.d., n.p. stapled wrappers, unpaginated, with 7 pp. of text (six double column). Light age-toning and one short, closed tear (approx. 1 c.m.).

After being Leader of the Opposition in the Provincial Legislature for a number of years, Semlin was elected Premier in 1898, albeit with a minority government. Unable to consistently garner majority support, and following the defeat of proposed legislation, he anticipated Lt. Gov. T. R. McInnes call for an election. Instead, he invited Joseph Martin to form a government. The background correspondence between Semlin and McInnes is here collected. Rare, and while the correspondence may be otherwise available, this booklet, and the fact of its publication, is in itself of historical significance, and a desirable artifact of the history of the Province of British Columbia . [Not in Edwards & Lort, Lowther, or Whale.]

[cf. Ormsby pp. 318 ff. for a detailed account, and Encyclopedia of BC [Harbour, 2000] p. 639-40].

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