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Hays asked Laurier to mediate. ' The GTP president complied by drafting a private letter that was clearly intended to persuade Templeman to withdraw his amendment. '54 Hays's letter had the desired effect: Templeman withdrew his amendment without revealing the GTP commitment. The senator's later explanation that the Department of Justice had convinced him to withdraw the motion rings hollow indeed. But while a Tory paper declared that the GTP had strangled Templeman's intentions, the Victoria Daily Times, which the minister controlled, began to hint broadly that McBride would deliver a large land grant to the GTP when in fact the province could now resist.
Tate evidently expected to make these concessions; even before he received the government's proposals, he advised Morse to accept reconveyance and payment. 'Additional payment not large when we consider the immense development probable. '100 On the issue of reversionary interest, GTP vice-president William Wainwright's breathless announcement that the company would 'go to the limit to cooperate' was not inaccurate. 101 48 A Thousand Blunders Although the GTP had conceded much, the company's Ottawa lobbyist maintained that the agreement was better than he expected: 'We are in far better position in the Province of British Columbia than we could have hoped for many years if our negotiations had fallen through and litigation had ensued ...
101 48 A Thousand Blunders Although the GTP had conceded much, the company's Ottawa lobbyist maintained that the agreement was better than he expected: 'We are in far better position in the Province of British Columbia than we could have hoped for many years if our negotiations had fallen through and litigation had ensued ...