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NANAIMO PETITION

for increased representation in the Provincial Assembly

from the Sessional Papers of the British Columbia Government, 1878

extracted by Hugh Armstrong
 


PETITION
      To the Honourable the Speaker and Honourable Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, now in Parliament assembled.
         
    The Humble Petition of the undersigned Voters of the Electoral District of Nanaimo: 
     
      SHEWETH: 
                   That by the "Constitution Act, 187l," of this Province, the tract of land included in a circle with a radius of 17 miles from the Bastion in the City of Nanaimo, is constituted the Electoral District of Nanaimo, and is allotted One Member of Parliament for its representation. 

                    That since the passing of the said Constitution Act, the coal industry and shipping of Nanaimo and neighbourhood have increased upwards of four-fold, and a considerable number of settlers have taken up land. The then town of Nanaimo has become incorporated, and the city has been built up and has risen in importance so as to be second only in this Province to the Capital City of Victoria. 

                     That at the last revision of the Electoral Roll there were 452 voters for the Electoral District of Nanaimo, of whom 282 belong to the city. 

                     That your Petitioners view with great satisfaction the proposition before your honourable House to grant two additional members for the City and neighbourhood of Nanaimo; but with reference to a like proposition to divide and enlarge the said District, your Petitioners respectfully submit to your honourable House that no inconvenience whatever has arisen from the present constitution of the boundaries of the Electoral District of Nanaimo, and your Petitioners also submit that as the interests of all the voters of the District are closely interwoven, no division or enlargement of such District is necessary or called for, but on the contrary that the public interests would be best served by retaining the District, i.e. "The Electoral District of Nanaimo," as it now stands intact. 

                     Your Petitioners submit that upon a basis of representation according to population, and having regard to the proportion of representatives proposed to be allowed to other districts, under the "Constitution Amendment Act", the said Electoral District of Nanaimo is entitled to be allowed four Representatives to the Provincial Assembly, and that in case a division of the said District into City and District should be determined upon by your honourable House, at least two of such Representatives should be granted to the City of Nanaimo. 

                    Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that your honourable House will be pleased to permit the present boundaries of the Electoral District of Nanaimo to remain unaltered, and to grant in respect of the said District such an additional number of Representatives to the Provincial Assembly, being not less than four, as to your honourable House shall seem just and meet. 

                    And that if your honourable House should, in your wisdom, determine to divide the said District into City and District, that at least two Representatives may be accorded to the City of Nanaimo. 

                    And your Petitioners will every pray, etc. 

ABRAMS, Jas.
ADAMS, Henry
AITKEN, Robert 
AKENHEAD, James
AKENHEAD, Thomas
AKENHEAD, Thomas
AKENHEAD, Walter
ALLAN, James
ALLAN, John
     
BAKER, Daniel 
BAKER, George
BALL, Richard
BECK, James
BEVILOCKWAY, Joseph
BLACKBURN, T.
BLUNDELL, Jonathan
BOLTON, Henry
BRIGHTMAN, S.
BRINN, Richard
BRINN, William
BROWN, Isaac
BROWN, James
BROWN, Robert
BROWN, William
BUFFINGTON, Robt.

 

     
CAMPBELL, George
CARNEY, Patrick
CARPENTER, C.
CAUFIELD, John 
CLANDENING, James
CLAYTON, John
CONDON, James
COOPER, H.
CORNISH, Thomas
CRAWFORD, George
CURRY, John
CURRY, Joseph
     
DAVIES, Benjamin H. 
DAVIS, D. 
DAVIS, S.E.
DEGNEN, Thom. 
DICK, James
DICK, John
DICKSON, John
DRAKE, Samuel 
DREW, Richard
DRIVER, William
DRUMOND, Charles
     
EASTHAM, John  EDGAR, Magnus EMERICK, Conrad
     
FERGUSON, Donald
FISHER, George
FISHER, James 
FLETCHER, Joseph
FLEWETT, William M. 
FLEWETT, William M. 
FOSTER, Joseph 
FRASER, John
FREEHY, Robert
     
GALLOWAY, Alexander
GANNER, Joseph
GIBSON, James
GIBSON, Richard 
GILLESPIE, James 
GLAHOLM, Thomas W.
GOEPEL, William John 
GORDON, James
GOUGH, Samuel 
GRANDAM, John
GUEST, Z.
GULLION, Charles F.
GULLION, William
     
HALLORAN, Michael
HAMILTON, John 
HAMILTON, S.B. 
HAROLD, James 
HARRIS, Jeremiah 
HARRIS, Morgan 
HARRIS, Samuel 
HEATH, H.E. 
HERRE, W.P. 
HIGH, Peter 
HILBERT, Wm. Morris
HILL, J.
HILTON, George
HIRST, John
HIRST, William
HODSON, William 
HOGGAN, Alexander
HOGGAN, David
HOGGAN, William
HOPKINS, David 
HOSIE, W.M.
HUNTER, Andrew 
HUNTER, John
HUNTER, William 
     
ISBESTER, William     
     
JACKSON, John 
JAMIESON, Thomas 
JEFFERY, Wm. 
JEFFERY, Wm.
JENKINS, J.E. 
JENNER, H.L
JOHNSTON, C.R. 
JONES, T.D.
JONES, Thomas 
     
KARST, Ch. 
KEEGAN, William 
KNIGHT, James
KNIGHT, Jim
KROCHAN, Henrich
     
LEBOEUF, Theodore 
LEWIS, James 
LEWIS, William 
LEWIS, William G.
LIGGINS, John
LIGGINS, John
LOCKHART, Wm. O. 
LOCKWAY, George B.
     
MACHIN, Charles 
MAIPAS, John 
MALPASS, James 
MANSON, Michael 
MARTELL, Joshua 
MARTIN, Jonathan 
MARTIN, William 
MATHESON, William 
MAYER, A.
     
MCDONALD, Roderick 
MCFARLAND, Wm. 
MCGREGOR, William
MCGUFFIE, Thomas
MCGUFFIE, Thomas 
MCINNES, L.R. 
MCINNES, L.R. 
MCKAY, E.B. 
MCKINLAY, Andrew
MCLAY, James 
MCLAY, Thomas 
MCNEIL, John 
MCTEE, James 
     
MEAD, Geo.
MEAKIN, Fred. 
MEAKIN, John 
MERRIFIELD, Peter
MICHAEL, J.L. 
MILES, Thomas
MILLAR, Thomas
MILLS, Jas. 
     
MORGAN, John 
MORGAN, John 
MORGAN, Samuel 
MORGAN, Thomas 
MORGAN, Timothy 
MORRISON, Alex.
MORRISON, John
MUIR, Archibald 
MUIR, Archibald C.
MUNDEL, John 
MYERS, Samuel H.
     
NIGHTINGALE, Richard     
     
O'BRIEN, James 
O'SULLIVAN, Timothy 
OLD, George
OLD, Wm.
OLLIER, Peter 
OVERTON, David
     
PAGE, David 
PALMER, Zach. 
PAPLEY, Alexander 
PAPLEY, Peter 
PARGETER, James 
PARSONS, Phillip 
PATTERSON, James
PATTERSON, William
PEACE, John
PENBERTHY, J.W.
PERRY, Thomas
PETERSON, H.
PHILIPS, Jas.
PIERCE, Edward P. 
PLANTA, Joseph P.
PLEACE, H.
PRICE, Samuel
PRICE, Thomas
     
RANDLE, Joseph 
RANDLE, Joseph, jr. 
RANDLE, William 
RAPER, Alfred
RAPER, Benjamin
RAPER, James
RAYBOULD, W.
REID, William
REIS, Griffith
RENNIE, Charles
REYNOLDS, William
RICHARDSON, Richard 
RITCH, William 
ROLLO, James
ROSEWALL, Henry
ROWBOTTOM, Fred.

 

     
SABISTON, John 
SABISTON, P. 
SAGE, Isaac 
SAGE, Jesse 
SAGE, Joseph 
SAMPSON, William 
SAUL, D.S.H
SCALES, John, jr. 
SCALES, John, sr.
SCOTT, David 
SEWELL, Joseph
SHAW, T.B.
SHILLITO, George
SIERTON, J.W.
SMITH, C.A.
SMITH, Donald
SMITH, John
SMITH, John 
SPOOEY, Michael
STARK, Louis 
STEPNY, Adam
STEWART, James
SULLIVAN, John
SUMMERHAYES, Alfred
     
TAYLOR, Peter 
THAMES, Henry
THOMAS, David
THOMAS, E.
THOMAS, John
THROUP, Alfred
TIBBET, John
TRAFIELD, G.
     
WAKELAIN, Thomas
WALKER, Edward
WALL, Edward
WALL, Thomas
WEBB, J.
WEBB, W.E.
WENBORN, Frederick 
WESTWOOD, B.J. 
WESTWOOD, C.N.
WESTWOOD, Joseph 
WHITFIELD, John
WHITFIELD, Randolph
WILCOX, James
WILD, Frederick
WILES, Emanuel
WILKINSON, Michael
WILKS, James
WILKS, Thomas
WILKS, William
WILLIAMS, John
WILLIAMS, John
WILSON, John
WILSON, Walter
WOOD, A
WOODWARD, Caleb
WORK, James Leask
WREN, John
WREN, John

 

     
YORK, Charles YOUNG, John  
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