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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;, 

Yours sincerely;, 


Pre siil’Mnt 





*1STKU.* 


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 
consideration. 


Yours faithfully, 


Dr. Robert A. Falconer 


President, 




?ofonto, Ont. 



November 3rd:, 1913 


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I?louri., Sso.., 


Secretary,, Friie Minister's Office!, 


Ottawa* 


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* 

Yours sincerely, 


President 









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 
representations. 


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Palc oner 


university of Toronto, 


Toronto, Cnt 


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COPY. 


Ottawa, 50th October 1913. 


The Eight Honourable R. L. Borden, 
Prime Minister of Canada, 
Ottawa. 


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. 

Yours faithfully, 

(Sgd) M. Burrell. 


Minister of Agriculture 







department of physics 





MlOEiHDm 

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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 
November 14. 


" 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 
in Canada. 

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 




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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 
action. 


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., 

Ottawa. 

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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 
in Canada. 

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 

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legislatice action. 

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. 

Yours sincerely, 


I 


President 













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 

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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 













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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 

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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 
other matters. 

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; 

(6) Tourists: 

(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, 

Yours sincerely, 


President 





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;, 

Yours sincerely!, 


President