Series GR-0314 - Commission to Enquire Into the Economic Conditions in the Several Areas under Irrigation Projects, 1927

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Commission to Enquire Into the Economic Conditions in the Several Areas under Irrigation Projects, 1927

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  • 1927 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Commission to Enquire Into the Economic Conditions in the Several Areas under Irrigation Projects, 1927

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Originals, 15.2 cm

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Appointed July 26, 1927; report dated December 16, 1927. Commissioner: William George Swan, of Vancouver. As sole commissioner he was appointed to investigate the economic and financial condition of irrigation districts in the BC interior. Among other issues, he was commissioned to examine: the financial assistance rendered by the Province and whether it was necessary and justifiable and whether the methods adopted were advisable; whether the improvement district form of organization was suitable; whether the funds advanced had been expended to good advantage; whether the operations of the districts had been properly conducted and the duties of the trustees conscientiously carried on; the costs of irrigation relative to success or failure in the fruit industry. The main recommendations made were the lowering of the rate of interest payable, and the increasing of the repayment time from thirty to fifty years.

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Submissions to the commission (4 vols.), final report (1 vol., 2 copies), exhibits (1 vol..). The enquiry examined the following areas: Glenmore Irrigation District, Grand Forks I.D., Heffley Creek I.D., Naramata I.D., Peachland I.D., Rutland I.D., Scotty Creek Development District, South East Kelowna I.D., Vernon I.D., West Summerland, Westbank I.D., Winfield.

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Received from the Ministry of the Environment Herald Street vault, 1977.


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