May 27, 1904

PETITION-FARMERS' BANK OF CANADA.

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Mr. H.@

GUTHRIE (South Wellington* moved :

That the petition this day presented to this House by James .Gallagher and others for leave to introduce a private Bill intituled : * An Act to incorporate the Farmers' Bank of Canada,' be read and received forthwith, and referred to the Committee on Standing Orders.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Is this being introduced out of the usual time ? If so, the hon. gentleman should give some reasons.

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Hugh Guthrie

Liberal

Mr. GUTHRIE.

The time, I believe, for giving notice expires to-day. The petition explains that owing to unforeseen events the petitioners were not able to present it earlier.

I think it is just the usual application for a bank charter.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I do not object; but I think that when a petition is presented out of the usual course, the gentleman who presents it should show some reason why it was not introduced before. If the hon. gentleman would state what the unforeseen circumstances are, I would withdraw any objection I might otherwise have.

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Hugh Guthrie

Liberal

Mr. GUTHRIE.

,1 know nothing of the facts, and the petition sets forth that owing to unforeseen delay the petitioners could not present their application in time.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

We should have some more definite reasons given. There :s no statement of fact in the petition, but merely a statement of opinion. I would suggest to the right hon. gentleman that we should have some more decided mode of procedure in these matters, and perhaps it would be well to amend the orders of the House so as to provide that any petition presented after the usual time must set forth certain facts showing why it should be received.

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Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I do not think there is any necessity for amending the rule, but when private parties want to avail themselves of the privilege of private legislation, they should follow the rule, or at least give us some cause why they do not. The only saving clause in this matter is that I the incorporation desired would not injure

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S719 COMMONS


any private interest. All that is ashed is the power, to incorporate a bank and, under the circumstances, I think we can afford to let the matter go.


LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I think we might consider the applying of a surtax. That is to say, we might have an additional fee imposed upon those gentlemen who do not get their business ready in time for parliament.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

That would be a good idea. The only reason I suggested a new rule is that if you have a certain procedure pointing out the absolute necessity of setting out special facts; then it may be observed. If you do not have that, but merely have a general rule, and there is universal knowledge that this may be departed from, you are apt to have petitions in this careless and slovenly form. However, I dare say we can get on as my right hon. friend (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) suggests without any further rule.

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PATENT OF INVENTION 66,962.

LIB

Donald Alexander Mackinnon

Liberal

Mr. DONALD A. MACKINNON (East Queen's) 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 of Siefried Gironcoli, presented this day, praying for an Act declaring that letters patent of invention No. 66,962 remain valid, in accordance with the recommendation contained in the 14th report of the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders, and that it be read and received forthwith.

He said ; I may explain that this man, on account of illness at the time the patent expired, was unable to attend to business at all, and he was under the disadvantage in this matter of living far from Canada, in Austria. As soon as he became well he took immediate steps to continue his patent. The matter has gone before the Committee on Standing Orders and they have examined the evidence and reported in favour of receiving the petition.

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Motion agreed to.


FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 120) respecting the Montreal Terminal Railway Company.-Mr. Demers, by Mr. Marcil (Bonaventure.) Bill (No. 121) to incorporate the Century Life Insurance Company.-Mr. Morrison. Bill (No. 122) respecting the Ottawa Fire Insurance Company.-Mr. Rosamond. Bill (No. 123) to incorporate the Kingston and Dominion Central Railway Company.- Mr. Harty.


GENERAL INSPECTION ACT AMENDMENT.


to introduce Bill (No. 124) to amend the General Inspection Act.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halfax).

Will the right hon. gentleman (Sir Richard Cartwright) be good enough to explain the purport of the Bill ?

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May 27, 1904