June 3, 1903

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

It is important that it shall be held anterior to a certain day so that we get the reports in time for our annual report. That is all we are concerned about. They generally hold these meetings on the 5th of September, or about that day.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

If it is of any importance this would be a very good place in the Bill to provide for fixing the day.

The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND

CANALS. We might say the first Wednes-

day or the first Tuesday of a certain month in cases where provision is not made in the special Act.

Section allowed to stand.

On section 61,

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS moved :

That section 61 be amended by striking out the words at the end of the section [DOT] evidence of the sufficiency of such notice ' and inserting in lieu thereof ' sufficient evidence of such notice having been given.'

Section, as amended, agreed to.

On section 66,

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Under this you will still have to prove that the person signing is the secretary. It is a question as to whether or not we should not provide for that.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

I would go very far to facilitate simplicity in these matters, because after all they are purely formal.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Some time ago I had to get a document certified so that it would be used in the courts of Massachusetts, and I had to get it certified by the Chief Justice, by the Lieutenant Governor, by the Secretary of State and by the Governor General, if I remember aright, and it took us about a month to get the document so prepared. In matters of this kind that are purely formal, and where there is no probability of fraud, it is desirable that they should" be made simple. Perhaps the minister would consider the wording of this clause. .

On section 73,

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

In a case which recently arose, the number of surviving directors did not constitute a quorum and they could not fill the vacant seat. Of course, that is unusual, but I propose to provide for it by inserting :

And in case such surviving directors do not constitute a Quorum, then by the shareholders at a special meeting to be called for that purpose.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

The minister uses the words ' surviving directors ' here, and the words ' remaining directors ' in another part of the clause. Would it not be better to continue the words 'remaining directors,' and then you will deal with those who have resigned as well as those who are dead.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

That would be better.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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Amendment agreed to, and section, as amended, agreed to. Progress reported. At six o'clock, House took recess. After Kecess. House resumed at eight o'clock.


PRIVATE BILLS.


House again in committee on Bill (No. 134) to incorporate the Erie Ontario Power Company.-Mr. German. On section 11,


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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

The Bill stood over that I might have an opportunity to look at the eleventh clause. I have considered the matter and have concluded that I would suggest to the committee the advisability of leaving out this section entirely and amending the corresponding clause in the General Act so as to cover the point which I think was intended to be covered. My amendment would be to strike out this clause, and renumber the clauses from ten down. There is no reason why this should be incorporated in all bills.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Sub-subtopic:   ERIE ONTARIO POWER COMPANY.
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Amendment agreed to. Bill, as amended, reported, read the third time, and passed.


CANADIAN NORTH-WEST IRRIGATION COMPANY.


House again in committee on Bill (No. 143) respecting the Canadian North-west Irrigation Company.-Mr. Oliver. On section 5,


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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

The hon. member who is in charge of this Bill will be able to explain.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTH-WEST IRRIGATION COMPANY.
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William Forsythe McCreary

Liberal

Mr. McCREARY.

I have been asked to take charge of the Bill by the hon. member for Alberta (Mr. Oliver). I have no instructions except that the hon. gentleman told me that the Bill had passed the committee except for the eleventh section, which, it was agreed, was to be struck out as, I understand the provisions will be incorporated in the General Irrigation Act. So far as I know the balance of the Bill is satis-faetorv. If there are any objections, I shall have to ask that the Bill be allowed to stand over, as I do not know the merits of the Bill personally.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTH-WEST IRRIGATION COMPANY.
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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

As I understand, the object of the Bill is to have this irrigation company take over some lands belonging to a railway company, and form a separate corporation for the purpose of irrigating the land. I think the Bill was allowed to stand over in order that the Department of the Interior might investigate. I believe that has been done and that the report upon the Bill is favourable.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTH-WEST IRRIGATION COMPANY.
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William Forsythe McCreary

Liberal

Mr. McCREARY.

Yes. There is a letter from the Deputy Minister of the Interior

that the Bill, with section eleven struck out, is satisfactory. The company, under the original Act of 1893, have power to hold a very large quantity of land. The quantity they are allowed to hold under section five is much less than that allowed under the original Bill. The Deputy Minister of the Interior wrote the hon. member for Alberta (Mr. Oliver) that he was satisfied with the measure.

On section 11,

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTH-WEST IRRIGATION COMPANY.
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June 3, 1903