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The Right Honourable Vincent Massey, et al,
members of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences.
DATED.............................8th April, 1949.
ALEXANDER OF TUNIS
GEORGE THE SIXTH, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, KING, Defender of the Faith.
TO ALL TO WHOM these Presents shall come or whom the same may in anywise concern,
WHEREAS it is desirable that the Canadian people should know as much as possible about their country, its history and traditions; and about their national life and common achievements.
AND WHEREAS it is in the national interest to give encouragement to institutions which express national feeling, promote common understanding and add to the variety and richness of Canadian life, rural as well as urban.
AND WHEREAS there exist already certain Federal agencies and activities which contribute to these ends; including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Film Board, the National Gallery, the National Museum, the Public Archives, the Library of Parliament, the National War Museum, the system of aid for research including scholarships maintained by the National research Council and other governmental agencies.
AND WHEREAS it is desirable that an examination be conducted into such agencies and activities, with a view to recommending their most effective conduct in the national interest and with full respect for the constitutional jurisdiction of the provinces.
AND WHEREAS it is expedient and Our Governor in Council has, by Order, P.C. 1786, of the eighth day of April, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-nine (copy of which is hereto annexed) authorized the appointment, under Part I of the Inquiries Act, Chapter 99 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1927, of Our Commissioners therein and hereinafter named to examine and make recommendations, without limiting the general scope of their inquiry, upon:
NOW KNOW YE that by and with the advice of Our Privy Council for Canada, We do by these Presents nominate, constitute and appoint the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, Chancellor of the University of Toronto, of Batterwood, near Port Hope, in the Province of Ontario; Arthur Surveyer, Esquire, Civil Engineer, of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec; Norman A. M. MacKenzie, Esquire, President, University of British Columbia, of Vancouver, in the Province of British Columbia; Most Reverend Georges-Henri Lévesque, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Laval University, of Quebec, in the Province of Quebec; and Miss Hilda Neatby, Professor of History and Acting Head of the Department, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, in the Province of Saskatchewan, to be Our Commissioners to hold and conduct such inquiry.
TO HAVE, HOLD, EXERCISE and ENJOY the said office, place and trust unto the said Vincent Massey, Arthur Surveyer, Norman A. M. MacKenzie, Georges-Henri Lévesque and Hilda Neatby, together with the rights, powers, privileges and emoluments unto the said office, place and trust of right and by law appertaining, and as are more particularly set out in the said Order in Council, during Our pleasure.
And We do hereby authorize Our said Commissioners to have, exercise and enjoy all the powers conferred upon them by the said Inquiries Act.
And We do hereby require and direct Our said Commissioners to report to Our Governor in Council the result of their investigations, together with the evidence taken before them and any recommendations which they may see fit to make in the circumstances.
And We do further appoint the said the Right Honourable Vincent Massey to be Chairman of Our said Commission.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.
WITNESS; Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Cousin, Harold Rupert Leofric George, Viscount Alexander of Tunis, Knight of Our Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Companion of Our Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Companion of Our Distinguished Service Order, upon whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Miltary [sic] Cross, Field Marshal in Our Army, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.
AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this Eighth day of April in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and forty-nine and in the Thirteenth year of Our Reign.
(Sgd.) C. STEIN
UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE.
* From: Canada. Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters, and Sciences. Report. Ottawa : King's Printer, 1951. By permission of the Privy Council Office.