May 5, 1903

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 144) respecting the Interprovincial and James Bay Railway Company.- Mr. Talbot. Bill (No. 145) respecting the Quebec Bridge Company, and to change its name to the Quebec Bridge and Railway Company.- Mr. Talbot. Bill (No. 146) respecting the Lindsay, Bob-caygeon and Pontypool Railway Company. -Mr. Hughes (Victoria). Bill (No. 147) respecting the Toronto and Hamilton Railway Company.-Mr. Campbell. Bill (No. 148) respecting certain trust funds of the diocese of Moosonee.-Mr. Osier-by Mr. Clarke. Bill (No. 149) to incorporate the Hamilton, Berlin and Collingwood Railway Company. -Mr. Cowan. Bill (No. 150) to incorporate the Columbia River Improvement Company, Limited.- Mr. Galliher. Bill (No. 151) to incorporate the St. Joseph's Transportation Company.-Mr. Logan. Bill (No. 152) to incorporate the Southern Central Pacific Railway Company.-Sir. Riley-by Mr. Logan.


THE NIPIGON IRON RANGE RAILWAY COMPANY.

LIB

Albert Edward Dyment

Liberal

Mr. DYMENT moved :

That the petition of Hamilton Cassels and others, presented this day, praying to be permitted to lay before t,he House their petition for an Act of incorporation under the name of Nipigon Iron Range Railway Company, notwithstanding the expiration of the time for presenting petitions for private Bills, be now read and received, and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. S. SPROULE (East Grey).

Mr. Speaker, I merely want to say in regard to this that the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) said that last session he intended to stop the practice of extending the time for the introduction of Bills after the time had passed. I simply draw his attention to it now so that it will not be continued too far, because it is one of the means by which our sessions are often lengthened, and as every one must have reasonable notice when a Bill is introduced, giving notice so late in the session and then bringing Bills in after the time has expired for receiving Bills or petitions is an improper thing and it should be discontinued.

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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

Mr. Speaker, I agree with my hon. friend (Mr. Sproule). Last session we shortened the time of these extensions which had occurred time after time, but if the House is warned in advance that this final extension will be finally final it will act accordingly and I hope we will not be called upon to extend it later on.

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Motion agreed to.


CON

MR. JAMES SINCLAIR McDOUGALL-REVIYAL OF PATENT.

LIB

Daniel Gallery

Liberal

Mr. D. GALLERY (Montreal, St. Anne) moved :

That the petition of Philip Demers and others, presented this day, praying for leave to present the petition of James Sinclair Mc-Dougall, for an Act to authorize the committee of patents to receive a partial fee and revive certain letters patent of invention, notwithstanding the expiration of the time for receiving petitions for private Bills, be now' read and received and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Despite the fact that the right hon. Prime Minister has said that this has been made finally final, it is becoming a bad habit.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

The time limit ought to expire in regard to a Bill of that kind.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

The time limit must be extended to all or none.

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CON

Thomas Chase Casgrain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. CHASE CASGRAIN (Montmorency).

Mr. Speaker, I have already called the attention of the House to the fact that by a recent decision of the Supreme Court in the matter of patents a great many patents have lapsed. I have seen on the Order Paper for a long time a Bill proposed to be introduced by the hon. Minister of Agricul-true (Hon. Mr. Fisher). I think that Bill, if it were carried, would remedy the evils which are complained of in the present instance. I would urge upon the government the necessity of pressing this Bill, if it is to be pressed, as soon as possible, so that it will be passed this session. If it is not passed this session, I may tell the government, what probably the government know already, that a vast injustice will be done to a great many owners of patents.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding).

In answer to the hon. gentleman (Mr. Casgrain) I may say that I think he is mistaken in supposing that these private Bills are of the same nature as the government Bill referred to. I think these Bills would be necessary any way, but the Bill of which notice has been given in the name of the hon. Minister of Agriculture (Hon. Mr. Fisher) will be brought forward at an early day. The hon. minister is on his way home and we would prefer that he should deal with the subject himself.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. S. HUGHES (North Victoria).

I would take the liberty of calling the attention of the government to a point that should be remedied in any Bill which is introduced. A person applies for a patent and before it issues from the department one of his workmen leaves his employment, gives away the secret to another firm that begins to manufacture and under the law no injunction can be obtained restraining this firm from using this patent and there are no means of bringing cases of that kind to an issue.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The remedy would be by an amendment to the regulations of the department providing means by which an issue of that kind might be brought forward more quickly than by the present regulation, which allows two years. The matter is now engaging the attention of the department.

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Motion agreed to.


ORDERS OF THE DAY-THE PARLIAMENT GROUNDS.

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. S. SPROULE (East Grey).

Before we proceed with the Orders of the Day, Mr. Speaker, I wish to draw attention to something which I think should not be allowed to pass unnoticed. I refer to the work going on down here on the parliament lawn. I noticed yesterday and to-day, some eight or ten men and two or three horses and carts engaged in cutting off the sod-

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May 5, 1903