May 10, 1905

CON

Samuel Barker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARKER.

Perhaps the hon. gentleman will explain what these are, so that we may consider whether we should give those extra powers to the lieutenant governor of the proposed province.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. FITZPATRICK.

When this clause came before me for consideration, I put the very question to the gentleman who drew it which the hon. gentleman puts to me now. He used the word ' individually,' and the only powers which the lieutenant governor exercised individually that I could discover were with respect to commissions in lunacy, and I am not sure that that is strictly accurate. At one time the lieutenant governor practically carried on in his person the whole executive authority. His power became reduced from time to time until finally we come down to the representative institutions which they have to-day; but in order to meet any possible difficulty that might arrive, this clause was drafted.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

Under the old Territorial law, he had purely representative government and not responsible government. Surely these powers are not continued.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. FITZPATRICK.

The laws enforced at present are all continued until they are changed. If in connection with any of these laws, he individually has powers to

exercise, he would exercise them until such time as they are changed. I would refer my hon. friend to section 15.

Sections 10 and 11 agreed to.

Section 12 allowed to stand.

Sections 13 and 14 agreed to.

On section 15,

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. FITZPATRICK.

I want to amend that clause, but I would like to leave it in abeyance because I am consulting the representatives of the Territories as to the form in which this clause ought to be put; and until we finally agree on the terms, the amendment should not be proposed.

Section allowed to stand.

Progress reported.

On motion of Mr. Fielding, House adjourned at 11.30 p.m.

Tiiuhsday, May 11, 1905.

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