February 20, 1905


On the order : House in Committee on Bili (No. 12) respecting the Ottawa Electric Company.-Mr. Galli-her. Mr. MAiCPHERSON. I am asked by the promoter of the Bill to request that it be set over until Wednesday, March 1. Mr.. SPEAKER. Stand.


SECOND READINGS.


Bill (No. 60) to incorporate the Aigoma Copper Range Railway Company.-Mr. Dyment. Bill (No. 61) to incorporate the Lebonk and Thunder Bay Railway Company.-Mr. Bole.



Bill (No, 62) respecting the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway Company.-Mr. Lamont. Bill i No. G3) to incorporate the Brantford and "Woodstock Railway Company.-Mr. Schell (Oxford).


PACER SOLID STEEL CAR WHEEL CO.


House in Committee on Bill (No. 27) respecting certain patents of the Facer Solid Steel Car Wheel Company, of Perth, Limited. On section 1, have been allowed to lapse, we have used a uniform section with regard to the rights of persons who have begun to manufacture in the meantime. Is that reservation of the rights of such persons which has been made in this Bill, of precisely the same character as the one upon which we have acted ?


LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Yes, the clerk of the committee was instructed to draw it up in accordance with the usual section.

Bill reported, read the third time and passed.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. SYDNEY FISHER (Minister of Agriculture).

I may say that when this Bill came up in committee I, as the minister in charge of the administration of the Patent Act, took exception to the general provisions of tlie Bill as presented. It seemed to ask for a far too long an extension of time ; and in connection with one of the patents, at all events, there was no need of an extension of time at all. The Bill as originally printed asked to deal with five different patents, all of them more or less dependent on each other. One of them has still a term of nine years to go ; one of them through inadvertence made in the renewal, was dead ; the three others expire next fall. On 'several occasions this House has authorized an extension of the life of patents under circumstances very similar to those surrounding these patents, namely, that while the patent had existed for a length of time, nobody had been able to make use of it or really to take the matter up and utilize it for the benefit of the public. That is the case with these patents. A suggestion was made that we reinstate the patent which had expired through inadvertence, as has been commonly done in the House under similar circumstances, and that we should extend the time of the patents which will expire next year and make the life of these patents coextensive with the life of the patent which is still in existence and has a term of years to run.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

That is the one having nine years to run ?

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Yes. That proposal was accepted with some hesitation by the promoters of the Bill, and the committee adopted it unanimously and reported the Bill amended so as to accomplish that object.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

The four subsequent patents are all for improvements or amendments to the original one ?

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

No, they are all connected together, they are all dealing with car wheels and are more or less dependent on each other. The full use of the patent which is still in existence cannot be enjoyed by the patentees unless they have also the other patents ; that is to say, this patent is more or less dependent on the others.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

In dealing with these applications to extend patents which Mr. SPEAKER.

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MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL.


Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER (Prime Minister) delivered a message from His Excellency the Governor General. Mr. SPEAKER read the message as follows : Grey. Gentlemen of the House of Commons :- I have received with much pleasure the address which you have adopted in reply to the speech with which I opened the session of parliament, and I thank you for it heartily. Government House, Ottawa, 16th February, 1905.


QUESTIONS.

LIGHTHOUSE DEPOT AT PRESCOTT.


Mr. LALOR-by Mr. Lancaster-asked : 1. Were the buildings and constructions of the government in connection with the Dominion lighthouse depot at Prescott erected by contract ? 2. If so, were public tenders called ; in what newspapers and on what dates were they advertised ? 3. What tenders were received ; what were the offers and who received the contract ?


LIB

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) : (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. There were two small new buildings erected and only repairs made to old buildings, and this was done by day labour by the men employed at the depot.

2. Answered by the first.

3. Answered by the first.

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ADULTERATION OF MAPLE PRODUCTS.

February 20, 1905