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Archibald MacMechan

Halifax Disaster Record Office Materials

"Journal', miscellaneous notes and newspaper clippings

15 to 18 December 1917. — 5 pages : 30 x 49 cm.

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Journal MG 1 inl 2124 number 68
Dec. 15 Saturday


City Controllers Take Action on Proposal From Board of Trade

The following communication from the Board of Trade secretary to the Mayor was before the City Board of Control at Saturday afternoon's meeting:
Dear Mr. Mayor -- At our emergency meeting of the council of the Board of Trade held tonight (Dec 13th) I was instructed to write your Worship in the following terms:
Being all business men in Halifax and vitally interested in the present and future welfare, not only as our own home but also as the home of our children, we would respectfully impress upon your Worship's notice the far-reaching character of the recent disaster. Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and a port of first importance to Canada and the Empire. It therefore, appears to us that your Worship should immediately propose a conference with the proper Provincial and Dominion authorities with a view to a full discussion of the disaster and the large questions arising out of it, which in the first place will bear most intimately on the social, economic and industrial future of the city, and secondly, those considerations which will surround (illegible) ment of the Relief Fund in connection with restoration and reconsideration with restoration and reconstruction.
(sgd) D. MacGillivray, pres.
The idea of a conference and a commission had already ben under consideration and it was resolved:
"That the communication received from the Board of Trade be forwarded to Hon. G. H. Murray, Premier of Nova Scotia, with the request that he call a conference on the lines suggested in that letter between the Board of Control of this city and other bodies (illegible in that communication and such other bodies as the Premier deems fit."

Reference: Archibald MacMechan Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 volume 2124 number 68

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