May 6, 1904

PRIVATE BILLS-EXTENSION OF TIME.

LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. FRANK OLIVER (Alberta) moved :

That that portion of the 49th rule which limits the time for receiving petitions for private Bills be suspended in reference to the petition to the Edmonton Street Railway Company, presented this day, praying for an Act to amend their Act of incorporation, in accordance with the recommendation contained in the 10th report of the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders, and that the said petition be read and received forthwith.

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Mr. R. L.@

BOItDEX. I believe that this was made necessary by reason of causes which came into existence very recently, and that, therefore, this should be an exception to the general rule. Am I correct in that understanding ?

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LIB

Motion agreed to.


FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 89) to incorporate the Cedar Rapids Manufacturing and Power Company.-Mr. Geoffrion. Bill (No. 95) to incorporate the Vancouver Island Railway Company.-Mr. Macpherson -by Mr. Morrison. Bill (No. 96) to incorporate the Crawford Bay and St. Mary's Railway Company.-Mr. Macpherson-by Mr. Morrison. Bill (No. 97) respecting the Trans-Canada Railway Company.-Mr. Girard.


HARBOUR OF PORT ARTHUR.


Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 98) respecting the harbour of Port Arthur in the province of Ontario.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Would the hon. minister be good enough to explain ?

Mr. PREB'ONTAINE. The object of the Bill is simply to put the harbour of Port Arthur under the jurisdiction of harbour commissioners. This Bill was presented last year at the request of gentlemen from Port Arthur, but was withdrawn for further consideration. This year they have come back and asked that the matter be again taken up and that this port be put under the control of the harbour commissioners.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


HARBOUR OF FORT WILLIAM.

LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE.

(Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 99) respecting the harbour of Fort William in the province of Ontario. He said : This Bill is introduced for the same reasons as the preceding Bill.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


PILOTAGE ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 100) to amend the Pilotage Act.


CON
LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

The Bill is a very simple one ; it is only to authorize the Governor General in Council to constitute the Minister of Marine and Fisheries and the officials of his department the pilotage authority for part of a harbour under the jurisdiction of the harbour commissioners. A difficulty has presented itself in regard to the application of the law which was passed last session regarding the Saguenay river. The pilotage authority for that river was formerly vested in the harbour commissioners of Quebec. With the consent of all the parties interested, the law was amended and the pilotage authority of the Saguenay river, part of the district formerly under the jurisdiction of the harbour commissioners of Quebec, was put under the control of the Department of Marine and Fisheries. Unfortunately in that Bill it was not provided that the pilotage authority should be vested in the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, so when the law came to be applied as regards the regulation and examination of pilots, it was found that the Minister of Marine could not act. It is to obviate this difficulty, which may also present itself in other cases, that the Bill is introduced.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

It puts them all under the authority of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

No, as it may be in the interest of navigation the Governor General in Council may constitute the Minister of Marine the pilotage authority for a part or the whole of a harbour which is under the control of commissioners.

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May 6, 1904