DEMERS (St. John and Iberville) (Translation.) asked leave to introduce Bill (No. 100) to amend the French version of the Bills of Exchange Act, 1890.
Bill (No. 97) to incorporate the Manufactures and Temperance and General Life Assurance Company.-Mr. Osier. Bill (No. 98) to incorporate the Kettle River Valley Railway Company.-Mr. Gal-liher. Bill (No. 99) respecting Le Credit Foneier du Bas-Canada.-Mr. Geoffrion.
BILLS OF EXCHANGE-AMENDMENT TO THE FRENCH VERSION.
(Translation.) Section 59 of the French version is faulty. Under this section, as worded, in order that the payment of a bill of exchange may operate the discharge of the drawee or acceptor, it must have been made to a bona fide holder thereof, while, on the contrary, it is well known that the payment made in good faith by the acceptor discharges the bill of exchange. Therefore, good faith is required from the party paying it, and not on the part of the acceptor.
In the English statute, the wording is different, but still it is ambiguous, owing to bad punctuation. For instance, with reference to the regular payment, it reads as follows " It is made at or after maturity of the bill to the holder thereof in good faith."
At first sight, one would be led to infer, from the wording of the English edition, that the holder must be in good faith. This Bill does not contemplate any change in the English edition, because it tallies with the Act passed by the parliament of Great Britain, as any one can easily ascertain by referring to commentaries. At all events, the French version requires to be amended, and that is the reason why I beg to introduce this Bill.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.
EXPENDITURE ON PORT COLBORNE HARBOUR.
Mr. INGRAM-by Mr. Taylor-asked : 1. What was the total expenditure by the government on Port Colborne harbour since 30th June, 1896? 2. What is the amount expended each year on said harbour since 30th June, 1896?
There has been no outlay made by the Department of Railways in the harbour of Port Colborne. Any expenditure made there has been in connection with the entrance to our canal, of which the House already has had information.
I. C. R.-PURCHASE OF LOCOMOTIVES.
1. Has the government entered into any agreement with any person or firm in the United States to furnish locomotives for the Intercolonial Railway?
2. What are the names and addresses of the persons or firms with whom such agreements have been made?
3. What are the prices agreed upon?
2. The Dickson Manufacturing Company, of Scranton, Pa., the Manchester Locomotive Works, of Manchester, N.H., and the Richmond Locomotive Manufacturing Company, of Richmond, Va.
3. The Dickson Manufacturing Company, locomotives, $15,000 each ; the Manchester Locomotive Works, locomotives, $13,500 and $15,000 each ; the Richmond Locomotive Manufacturing Company, locomotives, $14,485 and $14,9S5 each. These contracts were entered into while the Kingston works were closed down, and before there was any intimation of their re-establishment.
I. C. R.-PURCHASE OF CARS.
1. Has the government contracted with any person or firm fn the United States to supply cars for the Intercolonial Railway?
2. What number and what class of cars have been contracted for?
3. What are the names of the persons or Arms with whom contracts were made?
4. What are the prices agreed on?
2. Six first-class passenger cars, three dining cars and four sleeping cars.
3. The Barney & Smith Car Company, Dayton, Ohio.
4. First-class passenger cars, $11,995 each; dining cars, $15,775 each ; sleeping cars, $19,255 each.
EASTERN EXTENSION AWARD.
Mr. FOWLER-by Mr. Taylor-asked ; Has the amount paid to New Brunswick on account cf Eastern Extension award been charged by the Finance Department to capital account or current expenditure? The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding). No amount has been paid to the province of NewBrunswick in the matter i referred to.
GORDON POINT, P.E.I.-PETITION FOR PIER.
1. Has a petition been received by the government, during the years 1900 or 1901, from the inhabitants of Albany, Searletown and adjoining settlements, Prince county, P.E.I., asking that a pier be built at Gordon Point, lot 27, P.E.I. ?
2. If so, what action does the government intend taking with regard to the prayer of the petition?
2. No present action is intended, but the question will be carefully considered.
P. E. I. RAILWAY-PETITION FOR BRANCH. Mr. LEFURGEY asked :
1. Did the government receive, through the Secretary of State, a petition, during the year 1900, from the people of Victoria, Crapaud, Trycn, Kelly's Cross, North Wiltshire and adjacent settlements, in Prince and Queen's counties, tP.E.I., asking that a branch line of railway be constructed from the Prince Edward Island Railway, extending from or near North Wiltshire to Victoria?
2. If so, what action does the government intend taking in the matter, and do they mean to construct this branch railway as contemplated and recommended by the late government? '