The British Chargé ( Chilton ) to the Secretary of State

No. 591

Sir: I have the honour to refer to the Note which you were good enough to address to me on the 5th instant advising me of the interest taken by the United States Government in the resolution recently adopted by the Canadian Parliament authorizing the Governor in Council to prohibit the exportation of pulpwood from the Dominion.

I did not fail to acquaint the Governor General of your desire to be furnished with full information on the subject especially with respect to any action contemplated by the Canadian Government, and I have just received a telegram from His Excellency stating that the resolution you mention and the Act founded thereon were assented to at the end of the last session of Parliament. The provisions of the Act confer upon the Governor in Council power to prohibit the exportation of all or any class of pulpwood at any time. His Excellency added that a Royal Commission will shortly be appointed to enquire into the whole question and full opportunity will be given to all parties interested to appear and give evidence before the Commission. There is no likelihood of any action being taken to give effect to the provisions of the law until this enquiry has been completed.

I have [etc.]

H. G. Chilton