May 31, 1904

PRIVATE BILL-EXTENSION OF TIME.

LIB

William Ross

Liberal

Mr. WM. ROSS moved :

That that portion of the 49th rule which limits the time for receiving petitions Ifor private Bills be suspended in reference to the petition of the Huron and 'Ontario Railway Company presented this day, praying for an Act to increase their bonding privileges in accordance with the recommendation contained in the 15th report of the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders, and that it be read and received forthwith.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

Would the hon. gentleman give his reasons for this motion ?

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LIB

William Ross

Liberal

Mr. WM. ROSS.

This application was printed in the ' Canada Gazette ' and in the necessary newspapers some time in April, but the petition has been delayed in the transmission. I presented it last week. It

relates to a road being built from a point in South Ontario, and bas various branches. It was contemplated to make it an electric road, but it is found now that it can be better built as a steam road. The charter gives them this bonding privilege, but it is found that the bonding privilege is not sufficient, and therefore they ask the House by this Bill to increase the bonding powers from $10,000 to $20,000 a mile. That is all the Bill asks for. I think the ^proper notices have been given.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

The object is no doubt a very good one, but my hon. friend knows that at this stage of the session these motions for extension of time should not be granted without very good reason.

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Mr. WM@

ROiS'S. In order to go on with the work it is necessary to have the bonding power increased, and I think I am able to give very good reasons why the petition was not presented before.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

The hon. gentleman will recognize that after the petitions have been presented some good reason should be given why the rule should be suspended.

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Motion agreed to.


CON

George Adam Clare

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARE moved :

That the petition of A. Harvey and others presented this day praying to be permitted to lay .before the House their petition for the passing of an Act to authorize the Commissioner of Patents to receive petitions and fees in certain patents of invention held by the Canadian Office and School Furniture Co., Ltd., notwithstanding the expiration of the time for presenting petitions for ^private Bills, be read and received and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

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Motion agreed to.


LIB

William Samuel Calvert (Chief Government Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. CALVERT 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 Andrew W. Mann presented this day, praying for an Act to dissolve his marriage with Helen M. Mann, his wife, in accordance'with the recommendation contained in the loth report of the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders, 'and that it be read and received forthwith. *

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Rt. H@

Is there any cause for that ?

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LIB

William Samuel Calvert (Chief Government Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. CALVERT.

It is the old law.

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Motion agreed to.


THE SIMILKAMEEN AND KEREMEOS RAILWAY.

LIB

Aulay MacAulay Morrison

Liberal

Mr. MORRISON moved :

That that portion of the 49th rule which limits the time foe receiving petitions for private Bills be suspended in reference to the petition of the Similkameen and Keremeos Railway Company for an Act reviving the statute of

1901 respecting said company, and that the said petition be read and received forthwith and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing'Orders.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

We have just received four petitions of a similar character. It really seems to me that where petitions are presented the rule ought to be observed. I must say, for my part, that in future I will insist on the rules being observed, unless good reason is Shown to the contrary.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I am very glad that the Prime Minister has at last wakened up to the abuse of this rule because for some years past I have endeavoured, somewhat ineffectively, to attract attention to what I believed was a growing abuse of the rules of this House. I am glad the right hon. the Prime Minister has determined to endeavour to keep within the rules we have laid down. If these rules are not elastic enough let us amend them, but so long as we have rules let us endeavour to keep within them.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Hear, hear.

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FIRST READING.

May 31, 1904