Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 149) to amend the Representation Act, 1903. He said : The object of this
Bill is to correct two or three errors which, through inadvertence or oversight, crept into the Representation Act of last session. Sections 7 and 8 of the Representation Act slipped into their present position in the body of the Act through error. They are taken from the Quebec Act, Revised Statutes of Quebec, chapter 2, sections 67 and 68, which defines the provincial electoral districts. The intention was to insert these particular sections 6 and 7 where they ought to be, in the Quebec schedule. They have been incorporated in the body of the Act, which would make them applicable to the whole Dominion. Of course this is absolutely impossible under the system of dividing constituencies, as they exist elsewhere.
There are other changes that refer to Ontario. When the Bill of last session was prepared, an Ontario Act of 1901 was overlooked. This is one of the Acts which are passed yearly by the legislature of that province, entitled ' Acts to amend the Statute Law. ' It contains amendments to a great variety 'of statutes, and amongst them one which amends the Ontario Territorial Divisions Act, chapter 3 of the Revised Statutes, by shifting the boundary between the provisional judicial districts of Algoma and Thunder Bay, twenty minutes westward from eighty-five degrees west longtitude to eighty-five degrees, twenty minutes. This necessitates a change in the description of the electoral districts of Thunder Bay and Rainy River, and the two ridings of Algoma. That amendment is of trifling importance, and is merely for the purpose of giving effect to a provincial Act which provides * for the description of the boundaries of the electoral district I have just mentioned.