July 4, 1904

REPRESENTATION ACT, 1903-AMENDMENT.


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.


LIB

Charles Fitzpatrick (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. FITZPATRICK.

A mistake was also made in the New Brunswick schedule, it having been overlooked that the old county of Victoria had been divided by a provincial Act into the two counties of Victoria and Madawaska, and that these two counties have since that date formed the electorial district of Victoria. At the time the schedule was prepared with respect to New Brunswick, this fact was overlooked. It will be seen that under the schedule as it now stands, there would, on account of this mistake, appear to be fourteen electoral districts in the province, each entitled to return one member, whereas the province is only entitled to thirteen members. Clause 4 of the Bill is intended to correct this mistake.

It is proposed to complete the schedule by adding to it the electoral district of Yukon.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


INQUIRY FOR RETURN.

CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. JAS. CLANCY.

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to inquire again concerning those papers relating to the seizures of binder twine. I need scarcely remind the government that in the present state of the business of the House, we require those papers to be brought down expeditiously if they are to be of any service to us this session, and unless they are so brought down, we shall have to renew the discussion that has taken place as to whether we should have morning sittings before the committees get through with their work. This is a purely departmental matter, as the right hon. gentleman must know, and one can scarcely account for the delay that has occurred, not long in itself, but long in view of the fact that we are now in the closing days of the session.

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Right Hon Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

i Prime Minister). In the absence of my right hon. friend the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Sir Richard Cartwright), I communicated with his department and received the information that the papers were in course of preparation and would be ready at an early date. Since the return of the Minister of Trade and Commerce, I have not communicated with him but will do so immediately, and give an answer to my hon. friend.

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PRIVATE BILLS.

WEST CANADIAN COLLIERIES, LIMITED.


House in Committee on Bill (No. 80) respecting the West Canadian Collieries, Limited-Mr. Oliver.


CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

Mr. Chairman, it seems to me fihat this Bill was held over some time ago for some reason-I forget what it was. I think we ought to have some

explanation of this Bill from the promoter or, if the hon. Minister of the Interior (Mr. Sifton) Is acquainted himself, with the nature of the Bill,, we should have some statement as to whether he considers it proper legislation, because, if I can judge at all of the character of the Bill from the title,

I would suppose that it has to do with collieries in our western country, and it is very important, surely, that the public interest in coal lands should be protected.

I would not like to see legislation passed through the House without any explanation or without some knowledge as to the character of the Bill, because otherwise we might be doing something that we would have occasion to regret hereafter.

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Subtopic:   WEST CANADIAN COLLIERIES, LIMITED.
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LIB

Thomas Walter Scott

Liberal

Mr. SCOTT.

If there is any question raised, I would propose that the committee rise and report progress in the absence of the hon. gentleman (Mr. Oliver) in whose name the Bill stands. I therefore beg to move that the committee rise, report progress and ask leave to sit again.

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Subtopic:   WEST CANADIAN COLLIERIES, LIMITED.
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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

Yes, that is better.

Progress reported.

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BIO DE JANEIRO TRAMWAY, LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY.


House in Committee on Bill (No. 112) respecting the Rio de Janeiro Light and Power Company, Limited, and to change its name to the Rio de Janeiro Tramway, Light and Power Company, Limited.-Mr. Calvert.


CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

My recollection is that this Bill passed its second reading before it was printed, and as there is not a copy of it on my file I do not know if it has since been printed. I do not know anything about the Bill.

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LIB

Peter Macdonald (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER.

I have a printed copy of the Bill and the clerk informs me that it has been printed.

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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

We had better have some pretty full explanation as to what this South American legislation consists of.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. CALVERT.

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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

I am obliged to say that the enterprise seems to be very commendable, and I think the explanation of the hon. gentleman quite satisfactory.

Bill reported, read the third time and passed.

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July 4, 1904