T 1. Treasury Board Papers

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Great Britain. Treasury.
T 1. Treasury Board Papers
MG 15 T1
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The Treasury Board is the Government of Canada's only statutory Cabinet committee and is responsible for the federal civil service and much of the operation of the Canadian government. It was established in 1867 and given statutory powers in 1869. Among its specific duties are negotiating labour agreements with the public service unions and serving as Comptroller General. It is headed by the President of the Treasury Board and assisted by the Treasury Board Secretariat. It is officially a committee of the Privy Council. Its role in government makes it far more powerful than most Cabinet committees as it is responsible for "accountability and ethics, financial, personnel and administrative management, comptrollership, approving regulations and most Orders-in-Council."
This collection includes papers relating to the Hudson's Bay Company, the Newfoundland fisheries, and the application of the Acts of Trade and Navigation, especially in relation to prize goods. Other topics are: naval stores; the payment, clothing, subsistence, and victualling of military and naval forces, especially the garrisons and fortifications of Newfoundland, Annapolis Royal, and New York; the negotiation of bills of exchange; the New York revenues; pirates; the Five Nations Indians of New York; the financing of the expeditions to Newfoundland in 1698, and to Annapolis and Quebec, 1709-1712; the control of York Factory, 1699; postal arrangements in the thirteen colonies; settlement, especially of the Palatine Lutherans in New York, 1708-17. All of these are mainly concerned with the affairs of the thirteen colonies and contain much material on a number of the governors of New York, New England and Pennsylvania, including Benjamin Fletcher, Thomas Dongan, Lord Bellomont, William Penn, Francis Nicholson, Joseph Dudley, Lord Cornbury, and Robert Hunter. The documents from the later period are more directly Canadian in interest, and include papers relating to the Receiver General of Quebec, Sir Thomas Mills, and his Deputy, William Grant; Governor Walter Patterson of Prince Edward Island; Fraser's Highlanders; Sir Guy Carleton; Colonel John By and the building of the Rideau Canal; the Lake Service during the War of 1812; the Commissariat of Canada during and after the Rebellion of 1837, involving the dispute between Sir John Colborne and Sir George Arthur on the subject of its reorganization; and returns of the militia of Upper Canada in 1839.