The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) moved that the House go into Committee to consider the following proposed resolution :
Resolved, that the regulations made by the Governor In Council, under the authority o* section 47 of the Dominion Lands Act, applicable or relating to the Yukon Territory, and set forth in the Orders in Council of which the dates are respectively as follows, and of which copies have been laid before this House, are approved by this House, in accordance with the provisions of section 5 of chapter 34 of the Statutes of 1902 :-
Order dated the 15th April, 1902, P. C. No. 633 ; Orders dated the 19th May, 1902, P. C. Nos. 573, 597, 749, and 825 ; Orders dated the 21st May, 1902, P. C. Nos. 898, and 899 ; Orders dated the 31st May, 1902, P. C. Nos. 938, 941, and 960 ; Order dated 4th June, 1902, P. C. No. 619 ; Order dated the 31st October, 1902, P. C. No. 1606 ; Orders dated the 22nd December, 1902, P. C. Nos. 1890, and 1899 ; Orders dated the 7th March, 1903, P. C. Nos. 323, and 325 ; and Orders dated the 31st March, 1903, P. C. Nos. 472, 473, 474, and 475.
He said : The reason for tills motion is to he found in the Act passed last session to amend the Yukon Territory Act. Section 5 of that Act provides as follows [DOT]
Every regulation made by the Governor in Council under the authority of section 47 of the Dominion Lands Act, applicable or relating to the Yukon Territory, shall remain in force until the day immediately succeeding the day of prorogation of the then next session of parliament, and no longer, unless during such session of parliament such regulation is approved by resolution of both Houses of parliament.
Then section 47 of the Dominion Lands Act reads as follows :
Lands containing coal or other minerals, whether in surveyed or unsurveyed,territory, shall not be subject to the provisions of this Act respecting sale or homestead entries, but shall be disposed of in such manner and on such terms and conditions as are, from time to time, fixed by the Governor in Council, by regulations made in that behalf.
Several regulations have been made which were laid on the Table of tbe House a few days ago, in terms of that section 47. I need not perhaps go into the details of each one of them ; a synopsis of the details of some of them will give a general character of the whole. The first Order in Council which was passed on the 15th of April, 1902, provides in substance that three miners owning adjoining claims, may unite to work one claim. The reason of that is that under the old regulation, every miner owning a claim is bound to do a certain quantity of work on it, under penalty of forfeiture, and it has been found convenient to permit a group of miners to work together ; that is to say, when their claims are adjoining each other it might be advantageous to al-Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
low them to club together and put their work upon one claim instead of distributing it upon all, and by so doing they would avoid forfeiture. Another Order in Council passed on the 19th of May, defines a miner's inch. The miner's inch is a new expression with which we in the east are not familiar, but which in mining territories is now well known, and we propose simply to make it legal and give it a proper definition. Another Order in Council of the same date enacts that all applications for mining locations and for work by the hydraulic mining process, shall be filed with tbe Commissioner of the Yukon Territory, and recommended by him, and so on.