February 25, 1901

CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS-NORTH BRUCE.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received from the Hon. Sir John Boyd and the Hon. Mr. Justice Street, two of the judges selected for the trial of elections petitions, pursuant to the Dominion Controverted Elections Act, a certificate relating to the electoral district of the North Riding of the County of Bruce, in the province of Ontario, by which the election for the said electoral district has been declared void.

In conformity with chapter 9, section 46 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, I have issued my warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to make out a new writ of election for the said electoral district.

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DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT.


Mr. JAMES CLANCY fBothwell) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 15) to amend the Dominion Elec tions Act. He said : The object of the Bill is to prevent as far as possible a new sort of Sir LOUIS DAVIES.


DRAINAGE ACROSS RAILWAYS.


Mr. JABEL ROBINSON (West Elgin) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 16) to amend the Railway Act in respect to drainage across the lands of railway companies. He said : The object of this Bill is to give farmers and others who own land alongside railways the same privileges as the railway corporations. A Bill to this effect was introduced last session : but it seems that it was so changed in the interest of the railways that it was spoiled in the amending. It is no use to introduce a Bill here, it seems to me, unless it helps all classes alike. I do hope that the government, or other parties who have the power to do it, will see to it that the law is so amended that the farmers will have the same chances as the railway corporations.


CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. JAMES CLANCY (Bothwell).

I would like to call attention to the fact that the object of the hon. gentleman (Mr. Robinson, West Elgin) is to amend the Railway Act. There is no such Act as the Dominion Drainage Act. The respective provinces, 1 suppose-certainly the province of Ontario- have their drainage Acts. I simply point

out this formal mistake that the hon. gentleman may not fail in his Bill.

Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.

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CANADIAN PACIFIC LAND GRANT.

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Mr. R. L.@

RICHARDSON (Lisgar) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 17) respecting the land grant of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Explain.

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IND

Robert Lorne Richardson

Independent

Mr. RICHARDSON (Lisgar).

The Bill is practically the same as the Bill I introduced last session, and which I was unabie to bring before the notice of the House because the order of Public Bills and Orders was only reached, according to my recollection, once during the entire session. The hon. member who was going to second my Bill was not present, and I was not able to get the Bill before the House. However, I introduced a resolution with regard to it, which resolution failed to carry. I am in hopes, however, that as the Bill is introduced at this early stage of the session, it will have the fullest and freest discussion. The explanation of the Bill is this : When the Canadian Pacific Railway agreement was made in 1881, as hon. gentlemen are aware, in addition to vast cash subsidies, we gave that company a land grant of 25,000,000 acres. One clause of the contract provided that the appurtenances of the railway, the rolling stock, the road-bed, &c., should be exempt from taxation for ever, and the land grant be exempt from taxation for twenty years from the grant thereof from the Crown. Some differences of opinion seem to have arisen with regard to the expiration of that twenty-year period. Up to the present time, patents for only a small quantity of this land have been issued to the company ; and when the matter was before parliament last session, the First Minister and the then leader of the opposition took the view that it was a legal question, which could only be settled by reference to the courts, whether the exemption from taxation should expire in twenty years from the date of the contract. Last session I was able to satisfy the'House, I believe, by extracts from the ' Hansard ' report of speeches of public men who discussed the contract when it was going through the House, that the clear intention of parliament was that the twenty-year exemption period should expire twenty years from the date ot the contract. I take the view that we should not refer the matter to the courts at all. If it was the intention of parliament that the exemption period should date from the time of entering into the contract, and if the people so understood it. and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company so understood it. I take it that this parliament should settle that question and avoid any reference to the courts ; belli

cause, if we allow it to go as at present, patents not being issued, the company holds its vast land grant exempt from taxation practically in perpetuity. The object of this Bill, which is very brief, is to declare that the clause in the contract be interpreted to mean that the exemption period expired on the 15th of the present month.

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

By whom is this motion seconded ?

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IND

Robert Lorne Richardson

Independent

Mr. RICHARDSON (Lisgar).

By the hon. member for Alberta (Mr. Oliver).

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

That hon. gentleman is not in the Chamber.

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IND
IND
LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The motion is seconded by Mr. Maclean.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the firsr time.


DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.

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Mr. R. L.@

RICHARDSON (Lisgar) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 18) to amend the Dominion Controverted Elections Act.

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February 25, 1901