Proclamation, June 19, 1868
VICTORIA, by the Grace of God, of the United-Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c., &c., &c.
To all to whom these presents shall come, and whom they may in anywise concern—Greeting.
J. A. Macdonald,
Minister of Justice. Whereas it is, by an Act passed in the Parliament of Canada, in the thirty-first year of Her Majesty's Reign, intituled: "An Act relating to Quarantine and Public Health," amongst other things, in effect enacted that the Governor Council may, from time to time, make such regulations lie thinks proper, concerning, (amongst other matters) the entry or departure of Boats or Vessels at the different ports or places in Canada, and concerning the landing of passengers or cargoes from such Boats or Vessels, or the receiving of Passengers or cargoes on board of the same as may be thought best calculated to preserve the Public Health; and that the pauper state and condition in which Immigrants are frequently landed at Quebec, destitute of any means of providing the necessaries of life, or of transport to other parts of Canada, or so landed with the object of procuring through charity such necessaries of life and transport to territory beyond the Dominion, is detrimental to the Public Health in Canada, and is calculated to promote the introduction, or dissemination, of disease into or in Canada.
And Whereas Our Governor in Council hath been pleased to make, under the authority and in pursuance of the said above in part recited Act, certain regulations, that is to say:
1. That upon the arrival of any immigrant or Passenger, Sailing or Steam Vessel, at the Port of Quebec, the Inspecting that Physician at port shall have power, and it shall be his duty, to make enquiry of any Immigrant or Immigrants as to the means in his, her or their possession for providing upon landing the necessaries of life and for disbursing all sums necessary for the transport of them and their families to their point of destination ; and such Inspecting Physician, if satisfied that such Immigrant or Immigrants is or are not a Pauper or Paupers, but in possession of sufficient money, for the purposes herein mentioned, may grant a permit to the same to land, provided that all the provisions of any statute and all other regulations in force under the Act hereinbefore recited or any Proclamation thereof be complied with. And no Immigrant or Immigrants as to whom such enquiry shall be made shall be allowed to depart from the said Vessel, without such permit.
2. If upon any such enquiry the Inspecting Physician shall see fit to refuse a permit, it shall be his duty to cause the said Vessel to return to, or remain and be detained at the mouth of River St. Charles, and the Master of such Vessel shall be his duty to cause the said Vessel to return to, or remain and be detained at the mouth of River St. Charles, and the Master of such Vessel shall not allow the Immigrant or Immigrants in respect of whom the permit has been refused, to land in any part of Canada, or to depart from the Vessel, but he shall keep such Immigrant or Immigrants on board the same and transport them therein on the departure of the said Vessel, from Quebec, unless the Inspecting Physician shall subsequently see fit to grant such permit.
3. Any Master, Officer or Seaman of a Vessel, who shall allow the departure of any Immigrant or Immigrants without such permit, and any person who shall aid, assist or connive at the landing of any Immigrant without such permit or who shall contravene, either by commission or omission any of the foregoing Regulations, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding $400 in any case, and the offender may be imprisoned until the same is paid.
4. The Inspecting Physician shall report to the Collector of Customs at the Port, the case of any Vessel, in which have arrived any Immigrant or Immigrants, to whom such permit has been refused, and no Vessel shall be entered or cleared at any Custom House, until these regulations have been complied with.
Now Know ye and we do hereby command and enjoin upon all our loving subjects, that they do take notice of and obey the said Regulations so much as herein set forth and govern themselves accordingly.
In Testimony Whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent, and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed : Witness, Our Right Trusty and Well Beloved Cousin the Right Honorable Charles Stanley Viscount Monck, Baron Monck of Ballytrammon, in the County of Wexford, in the Peerage of Ireland, and Baron Monck of Ballytrammon, in the County of Wexford, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Governor General of Canada, &c., &c., &c. At Our Government House, in Our CITY of OTTAWA, this NINETEENTH day of JUNE, in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, and in the Thirty-first year of Our Reign.
- HECTOR. L. LANGEVIN, Secretary of State.