June 15, 1903

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Do the concluding words of section 14 as it stands at present, cover everything the minister intends :

Any person who has, between the time whvn such' patent became void or when the ground for such impeachment arose, and the time of the passing of this Act, commenced to manufacture, use or sell in Canada the invention covered by such patent, may continue to manufacture, use or sell in as full and ample a measure as if this Act had not been passed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

The expression ' inveution ' in the interpretation clause of the Patent Act is defined to mean ' any new and useful art, machine, manufacture or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement in any art, machine, manufacture or composition of matter.' So the word ' invention ' is intended to cover anything that is patentable.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Have you a provision in this Act that it should be construed as one with the Patent Act ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

This is an amendment to the Patent Act, it is not a new Act.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I do not remember whether there is any provision in the Interpretation Act that amendments shall he always regarded and construed ns one with the general Act. We want to make that definition apply to this Act.

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Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

The Minister of Justice says that amendments to any Act come under the interpretation clauses of the Act.

Section, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I would like the Bill to stand a day or two for the third reading. Some suggestions have been made to me with regard to amendments which I hardly think are necessary, because I think they are already covered by the terms of the Bill. But I would like to communicate with the gentlemen who have made these suggestions and indicate to them what my own opinion is with regard to it. and ascertain whether they have anything further to suggest.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

Certainly.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

It might he well to have it reprinted now before reading it the third time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

I think I can arrange that.

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Subtopic:   PATENT ACT AMENDMENT.
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DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.


Bill (No. 17S) respecting the encouragement of the construction of dry-docks, read the second time, and House went into committee thereon. On section 1. -The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding). The general features of this Bill were discussed at an earlier stage. There are a couple of new provisions necessary to carry out the arrangement which is contemplated. We have provided in the general clauses which we discussed in committee, for the increase of the amount of subsidy, and I stated that provision would be made for a tariff of fees in these, dry docks, to be submitted to the government. If hon. gentlemen will give their attention to section 2 they will find we have Inserted a clause providing that no tolls or rates should be levied except those which have the approval of the government. There is a further clause that the company should be obliged to submit a statement of its affairs, showing the exact amount of money which it has realized from the issue of the various classes of stocks, and all the aids it has received from public bodies. The object is that if we are to be called upon to judge as to the fairness of the rates, we must know what amount of actual cash has been invested in the enterprise, so that we may fix such tolls as may yield a fair return on the cash actually invested in the project. These are the only clauses which have been added to the Bill since the matter was discussed in committee.



On section 1,


CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Has the government any policy on the question as to the establishment of dry-docks ? I see that there are, in this section, these words :

If any company or body corporate approved by the Governor in Council as having the ability to perform the work.

Is it understood to be the policy of the government, that, if a body of gentlemen come forward and show that they have the financial ability after another body of gentlemen have been assisted, they shall be equally helped, or is it going to be laid down as the policy of the government that no second dock shall be instituted or helped by the government, because, upon tlio help it receives will depend the commencement and completion of the work in its entirety, without some fixed rule being laid down as to the number of miles that must intervene between the dock already assisted and the one proposed to be built 7

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Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

There is no fixed rule as respects that point. 1 take it for granted that if a dock had been constructed in any locality and it was shown that it was not able to meet the demands of business, and another dock was proposed to be built, that would be a matter for consideration. As to the number of miles that should intervene, that point has never come before us and I think, as I suggested, that the matter will settle itself pretty well commercially. It is not likely that another body of men will desire to build another dock unless there is room for another dock in a commercial way.

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Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Then are we to understand that no second dock will be assisted unless it has been shown that the dock that has been assisted has been inadequate for the requirements of business ?

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Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I have already told my hon. friend (Mr. Bennett) that there is no fixed rule or policy of the government at all. Each case will have to be dealt with on its merits as it arises.

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Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

I understand the hon. minister to state that it is a condition precedent that it must first be shown that the government-assisted dock has been entirely unable to cope with the requirements of the trade.

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Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The conditions precedent are the conditions laid down in the statute. I cannot by any words of mine lay down conditions.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

But you can lay down the line of policy which the government intend to pursue ?

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Subtopic:   DRY DOCKS CONSTRUCTION-GOVERNMENT AID.
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June 15, 1903