New Brunswick. Commission Appointed to Enquire into the Expense of Removing the Seat of Government from Fredericton.

Commission Appointed to Inquire into the Expense of Removing the Seat of Government from Fredericton, 1859

In the Autumn of 1858, John Robertson, George Porter, William Caie, and Thomas Murray were appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to inquire into the expense of moving the seat of government from Fredericton to Saint John. The resulting report was a straightforward document, which gave estimates for building costs, moving furniture, buying land, and suggesting possible locations for the prospective new sight of government in New Brunswick.

Straightforward as the report might have been, only three of the Commissioners signed it. In a dissenting decision, Thomas Murray stated that he could not "accede. . . or sign the Report". He argued that the estimates generated in the final report, which were submitted to the Lieutenant Governor, contained significant errors. For example, Murray argued that the estimates for moving the seat of government, estimated to be between £40 000 and £57 000, was "founded upon no specifications of architectural external or internal finish." Further, he maintained that the majority decision had not taken into consideration the sizable cost of moving fire proof vaults to protect important documents, nor would the plans, as incomplete as they were, be sufficient to accommodate the present government, not to mention future ones.


John Robertson
George W. Porter
William S. Caie
Thomas Murray.

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