Chairman, National Battlefields Commission.
Section 10, which is here referred to, reads as follows :
No land or immovable property shall be purchased or acquired by the commission except with the previous authority of parliament.
This law relates not merely to the money voted by parliament bnt to ail other moneys which come into the hands of the commission ; none of these moneys may be used for tlie purchase of lands except with the previous authority of parliament. As the imblic know?, large sums have been subscribed to the Battlefields Commission, and it is expeceted that the Prince of Wales will hand over the money to the commission with some statement made to him of the property which it is intended immediately to acquire for the purpose of creating a Battlefields park. I have a plan, here which * Mr. FIELDING.
I will place in the hands of hon. gentlemen on the other side, showing the property which it is intended to acquire. This property is described in the following statement prepared by Mr. E. G. Meredith, notary public .
1. A tract of land on the north side of the Ste. Foye road, belonging to the Heirs Touir-angeau and others. (Site of the battle of Ste. Foye,-a part of which surrounds the lot of land upon which is erected a monument to the memory of General Levis and General Murray-' Monument des braves ') and which is bounded as follows, v.iz.:
In front to the south by the -Ste. Foye road, in rear to the north, by the brow of the hill (Cime du Cap)-on one side towards the east by lot number twenty-five,-belonging to I. A. Fortin, .and on the other side towards the west by lot number twenty-eight, belonging to the representatives of the late J. W. Duns-eomb.
Which said tract of land was formerly known and distinguished as lot number twenty-six (26) upon the official cadastral plan for the Banlieue,, parish of Notre Dame de Quebec, but which lot has since been subdivided-and the said tract of land is now known and distinguished by different numbers, all of which are subdivisions of the said original lot number twenty-six-together with and including .all or any part of the said original lot-number twenty-six, as the same is now laid put and shown on the plan of the subdivision of the said lot number twenty-six as streets or avenues, and including all or any dwelling houses or other buildings of any kind erected on the said tract of land.
2. A strip of . land on the south side of the said Ste. Foye road, to be taken off the front or northerly end of lots numbers sixty-eight <68), seventy-five (75) and seventy-six (76), and seventy-nine (79) on the cadastral plan for the said Banilieue, parish of Notre Dame de Quebec, the said strip of land to be of such a depth as, when the same is added to the present width of the said Ste. Foye road, will make the said road .seventy-five feet wide an that locality.
3. A strip of land on the east side of the Belvedere road, to be taken off the west side of the said lot number sixty-eight (68) above mentioned, and off the front or west end of lots numbers sixty-nine (69), seventy (70), seventy-one (71), seventy-two (72) and seventy-three (73) on the cadastral plan for the said Banlieue, parish of Notre Dame de Quebec, the said strip of land to .be of such a depth as, when the same is added .to the present width of the said Belvedere road, will make the said .road seventy-five feet .wide from one end of the same to the other.
4. A strip of land on the north side of the St. Louis road (starting from the junction of the said Belvedere road and the said the St. Louis road and running in a westerly direction) to he taken off the south side cf lot number two hundred and twenty six (226)- the fropt or south end of lot number two hundred and twenty (220)-and about one third of the whole frontage or south end of lot number two hundred and eighteen (218) upon the cadastral plan for the parish of St. Coiomba de Sillery. The said strip of land to be of such a depth as, when the same is added
to the present width of the said St. Louis road, wil-l make the said road seventy-five feet wide in that locality,-with any houses or buildings to be found on the said strip of land.
5. A strip of land on the west side of ' Gil-mour's Hill' (which leads from the St. Louis road to ' Wolfe's Cove ') starting from the junction of said ' Gilmour's Hill ' with the said St. Louis road and running in a southerly and southeasterly direction as far as the brow of the hill (Cime du Cap)-the said strip of land to be taken off the easterly side of lots numbers two hundred and fourteen (211)-two hundred and seventeen (217) and two hundred and twenty-eight (228) upon the cadastral plan for the said parish of St. Co-lomba de Sillery. The said strip of land to be of such a depth as, when the same is added to the present width of ' Gilmour's Hill,' will make the said hill seventy-five feet wide in that locality, together with any houses or other buildings erected on the said strip of land.
6. A strip of land seventy-five feet in width by the whole length of the ' Marchmont property ' now the * Merici Convent,' on the west side' of the Plains of Abraham,-which was formerly distinguished as lot number two hundred and twenty-seven (227) _ upon the cadastral plan for the said parish of St. Colomba de Sillery but which is now subdivided into numerous lots,-the said strip of land to be taken as close as may be found to be practicable to the brow of the cliff (Cime du Cap)-and also the whole of the irregular tract of land which will lie between the said strip of land when laid out and the said brow of the hill or Cime du Cap.
7. A tract of land comprising several lots of land with houses and other buildings erected thereon in the neighbourhood of * Wolfe's Monument,' to the east of the Plains of Abraham, which is bounded as follows:-In front towards the north by St. Louis street or Grande Allee, in rear towards the south by Monument street (on which street Wolfe's monument is erected), on one side towards the east by lot number one hundred and fifty-three and on the other side towards the west by the Plains of Abraham with the streets intersecting or adjoining same namely:- Wolfe street and Monument street, the said tract of land comprising the lots numbers one hundred and fifty-two, one hundred and fifty-four, one hundred and fifty-five, one hundred and fifty-six, one hundred and sixty-one, one hundred and sixty-one A, one hundred and sixty-one B, one hundred and sixty-two, one hundred and sixty-three, one hundred and sixty-three A, one hundred and sixty-three B, undone hundred and sixty-four, (152, 154, 155, 156, 161, 161A, 161B, 162, 163, 163A, 163B and 164) on the cadastral plan for the Banlieue parish of Notre Dame de Quebec.
8. A piece of land forming the southerly part of lot number four thousand and forty-one (4441) on the cadastral plan for Montcalm ward of the city of Quebec, containing from five thousand to' eight thousand feet in superficies, and a piece of land forming the southerly and southwesterly part of lot number foiir thousand four hundred and forty-two (4442) on the said cadastral plan containing from twelve thousand to fifteen thousand feet in superficies, (said properties belonging to the
Ladies Protestant Home of Quebec and the heirs Lampson respectively).
9. The lot of land originally hearing the number four thousand four hundred and forty (4440) on the cadastral plan for Montcalm ward of the city of Quebec, which is now subdivided into numerous lots belonging to the Seminary of Quebec and commonly called ' the Seminary farm,' with the house and other buildings thereon erected.
10. A small piece of land form ing the south east corner of the property of the church of England Female Orphan Asylum (which adjoins the said seminary farm.
The only objection which I can see ter this Bill at the present time is that no maximum purchase price is fixed. I pointed. that out In Quebec, and I asked if it were not possible to fix a maximum price, and I received this telegram from His Excellency :
Description of property battlefields mailed yesterday, terms of sales not yet arranged as owners of scheduled property advancing price daily. Think commission should be empowered to use moneys already subscribed for purchase.
The Bill, therefore, which I introduced is as follows :
An Act Respecting the National Battlefields at Quebec.
Whereas the National Battlefields Commission has requested that it he empowered to purchase, acquire and hold the lands or immovable property hereinafter referred to, and'it is expedient to comply with such request: therefore His Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows :-[DOT]
1. The National Battlefields Commission may subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, purchase, acquire and hold the lands and immovable property set forth and described in the schedule to this Act.
Then follows the schedule which I have read.