October 24th;, lwl8
Right Honourable Ru Lu Border, to„F.!, LluD.l,
Freirler of Canada,*
ky hear Vr. Borden 1 :
Frofessor de Chartp of our DeDartrrent of French
has asked 're to write to you on nis behalf.. he inforn.3 nr.e that
sone friends of his have placed bis narre before the Soveirmrent as
that of a suitable candidate for the oosition of Canadian Conurissloner
at the Exhibition to be h*°ld if: Iyor.it next year. Professor de Cnanp
asKs n-e to assure you Inal his University duties w.iIT not conflict with
the duties of tnr new position should he* receive tne aoDGintirent.
V. de Chairp has the sumrer to h in. se-lf and would be. able to represent
Canada very well cecause her lives ;in the> neighborhood of Lyons. He
is al-so a gentleoran of high culture;, and personally should aDDual to
his fellow countryTen as a worthy representative of Canada.
A 1th Kind regard si, il an;,
Ottawa, Ont. October 27th, 1913
Ky dear lootor Falconer,-
Your letter of the 2 J fth inst. is before me. I am not sure
that a Canadian Commissioner will be appointed for the Exhibition to
be held at Lyons next year. All these Exhibitions are under the
administration of the Department of Agriculture, -asa I am sending your
letter to Mr. Burrell and I am commending your suggestions to his
Dr. Robert A. Falconer
November 3rd:, 1913
Secretary,, Friie Minister's Office!,
Dear Sir 1 :
Many thanks tor your letter with regard to the
aDDointJient of Professor De Crtanp as a Corrn issioner to Lyon
T will infornr Professor De Chairp with regard to the natter*
Ottawa, November 1st, 1910.
Dear Sir :
On the 24th October you wrote to the Prime Minister
with, respect to the appointment of Prof, tie Champ as
Canadian Commissioner at the exhibition to be held in
Lyons next year. Ur. Borden left Ottawa yesterday and
as he will probably be away for a month a 1 least I an
taking the liberty of sending to you a copy of a com¬
munication received from Ur. Burrell in reply to your
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university of Toronto,
Ottawa, 50th October 1913.
The Eight Honourable R. L. Borden,
Prime Minister of Canada,
My dear Mr. Borden :
I have your letter of the 27th inst., enclosing
a communication from Sir Edmund Osier, covering one from
Mr. H. C. Osborne respecting the appointment of Mr. do
Champ as Canadian Commissioner for the Exhibition at
Lyons; also a similar letter from Dr. Falconer.
In view of the fact that after careful consideration
it has bee decided not to participate in the International
Urban Exhibition at Lyons, I have advised other gentlemen
who have written on behalf of Mr. de Champ that it would
not be necessary to 3end a Canddian Commissioner to that
Exhibition. Mr. White has before him the suggestions that
plans, etc. of the improvements made in Ottawa by the
Ottawa Improvement Commission be sent to Lyons, but I
presume that it would scarcely necessitate the appointment
of a special commissioner.
I return the letters referred to above.
(Sgd) M. Burrell.
Minister of Agriculture
department of physics
t 1o, bring to your attention the
following resolution which was unanimously adopted by the Senate
of the University of Toronto at a meeting of that body held on
" That the Senate of the University of Toronto recommend
that the Government of the Dominion of Canada be asked to take steps
to supplement their action in giving their support to the Internation¬
al Committee on the establishment of the length of the Metre and
the weight of the Kilogramme by confirming by Order in Council
or by Legislative Enactment the length of the Metre and the weight
of the Kilogramme as determined by the said Committee."
The object the Senate had in view in passing this
resolution was to bring to tho attention of the Government of Canada
the anomaly which exists in regard to the status of the Metric System
Some six or seven yesrs ago the Government of Canada
gave its adherence to what is known as the Convention of the Metre
which is an international organisation maintained by twenty-six
nations in all, having its headquarters in a Bureau known as The
Palais de Bellevue situated near Sevres, in France.
One of the duties v/hich this organisation was asked to
perform by the nations supporting it was to determine and eft? blish
the length of the Metre end the weight of the Kilogramme. This work
was brought to completion come years e.go by the construction of an
department of physics
International Standard Metro and an International Standard Kilo-
grannie. There stf ndards are now deposited in the Bureau at Sevres,
and they are the final standards in the Metric System. Copies of
these standards, it nay he added, were made to he distributed to
the different countries subscribing to the Convention.
All tho Governments subscribing to this Convention
agreed to accept these international standards as their local
standards in the Metric System, and they also agreed to make then
so by suitable Legislative Enactment. Of the twenty-six nations
subscribing to the Convention all( including Great Britain and the
United States ) with the exception of Chili, Uruguay, and Canada,
have implemented their agreement by taking effective legislative
It is the wish of the Senate of the University of Toronto
that such legislative action be now taken by the Government and
the Parliament of Canada as will make the International Metre and
the International Kilogramme the legal Metric Standards in Canada.
It may be added that the use of the Metric System was
legalized in Canada by legislation passed by the parliament of
Cans da in 1897.
December 17th, 1913
Honourable P 4 . L. Borden., M-F.;,
Prime minister of Canada.,
Dear Nr. Borden':
Vay 'I bring to your attention the following resolution
which was unanimously adocted by the Senate of the University of Toronto
at a meeting of tnat body held on November 14th, 1913
"That the Senate of the University of Toronto
recommend that the Government of the Dominion of Canada
be asked to take stens to suDnlement their action in
giving thei^ suDDort of the International Committee on
the establisnment of the length of the metre and the
weight of the kilosr&mme by confirming by Grder-in-
Ccunci.1 or by Legislative Enactment the length of the
metre and the weight of the kilogramme as determined
by the said committee."
The obiect the Senate had in view in Gassing this
resolution was to bring to the attention of the Government of Canada
the anomaly which exists in regard to the status of the Vetric System
Some six or seven years ago the Government of Canada ,
gave its adherence to what is known as the Convention of the Metre which
is an international organisation maintained by twenty-six nations in all,
having neadauarters in a Pureau known as Tne Falais de Bellevue situated
near Sevres, in France.
(Hon. Ri. L. Borden,^ ) 2
December 17th, 1913
One of the duties which this organisation was asked to
perform by the nations supporting it was to determine and establish the
length of the metre and the weight of the kilogramme. This work was
brought to conmletion sorre years ago by the construction of an Inter¬
national Standard Metre and an International Standard Kilogramme. These
standards are now deposited in the Bureau at Sevres, and they are the final
standards in the Metric System. CoDies of these standards, it stay te
added, were nrade to be distributed to thei different countries subscribing
to the Convention.
All the Governments subscribing to this Convention agreed to
accent these international standards as their local standards in the Metric
System, and tney also agreed to make therr so by suitable Legislative Enact¬
ment. Ot the twenty-six nations subscribing to the Convention all k
(including Great Britain and the United States) with the execotion of Chili:,
Uruguay, and Canada, nave implemented their agreement by taking effective
It is the wish ot the Senate of the University of Toronto that
such legislative action be now taken by the Covernnent and the Farliarrent of
Canada as will rraKe the International Metre and the International Kilo¬
gramme the legal Metric Standards in Canada. It may be added that the use
of the Metric System was legalised in Canada by legislation passed by the
Parliament of Canada in lbS7.
June 6th, 1914
Right Honourable ft. L. Boraen,
Prerrier of Canada, Ottawa.
Dear fv'r. Borden':
Por the past six years we nave teen urged by graduates of the
University of Toronto in China to endeavour to secure from the Ottawa Govern¬
ment the remission of the tbOO cacitation tax wnicn must be raid by Chinese
students on entering the Dominion ot Canada. Tne beliet of cur graduates is
that a number of students might be directed to Canada were tnis tax removed.
As you are doubtless aware 1 , the United States:, Great Britain, ana tne
Purooean countries nave now for sonre years been receiving large numbers of
Chinese studemts, wno after setting tneir education in this country and
returning to China have been tne nioneers in introducing Western civilisation
and ooening up avenues of intercourse in the way ot trade and commerce. This
class ct oeorle is entirely ditferent from the immigration ot. labour, and to
allow them to enter free would not in my judgment influence the legislation
dealing with the introduction of coolie labour. It has seemed to us in the
University that Canada should receive its share of these able* students, not
only because we can be ot benefit to them, but because the return to Canada
itself will be of great advantage.
Tne United States, I understand, does not imcosmi any such
tax, wnicn of course would be resented by highly educated men. Cur statute,
it is true, nrovines for the refund of the tax after tne immigrant has been a
bonafide student for one year, but no self-resnecting man will come wnen tne
other civilised countries are ODen to nitr.
I took uo tne Question with Sir Wilfred Laurier and Mr.
Mackenzie King, and in l&il it seemed that we were making sorre progress* Mr.
King assured me that Sir Richard Cartwright, in whose department the regulatio
was adiiinistered was in favour of changing tne statute. Nothing, howeve.r,
was done, and owing to your many difficulties T have never takein ud the
Question with you since you assumed office. Our graduates in China are
again urging us to get something done:, and I wrote to Mr. R. Ames on the
matter, but nave not heard from him. It seems to me therefore best that I
should crotrude directly, though I know that you are very much engaged with
According to the Act the following persons are exempt from the
payment of the entrance tax 1 :
(1) Merchants, their wives and minor children;
(2) Tne wives and minor children of clergymen;
(4) Men of science;
(5) Duly certified teachers.
It would 3eem therefore that the reouest that is trade involves
very little cnange and no real cnange in principle. May I ask you to be
good emough when you have some relief from the pressure of your ordinary
duties to take this matter into your consideration, and if you can possibly
ao so to have these students out on the same basis as "men of science and
teachers"? With much respect, I am,
June 12th, 1914
Right Honourable Rt. L. Borden,
Premier ci Canada.
Dear Vr. Boraeri:
fvany thanks lor your letter stating tnat you have sent
a cocy cl ny letter with regard to the taxation of Chinese 3tuaeuts to the
Minister of the 'Interior and nave conneoaeo it to his attention. !I hone
that there will be sorre good result froit your coinendation of it.
With k;ina regards!, II an;,