Hon. CHARLES MURPHY (Secretary of State) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 209) to amend the Canada Temperance Act. He said: The proposed amendment to the Canada Temeprance Act relates only to the province of British Columbia. Its purpose is to enable a vote to be taken in that province under the Canada Temperance Act in the same, way as that a vote is taken under that Act in any other province. For instance, in the interpretation clause of the Canada Temperance Act, the word ' county ' as respects the province of British Columbia is defined to mean an electoral district therein in accordance with the division of the province for the election of members for the House of Commons. The 228J
legislature of British Columbia has passed an Act called the Counties Definition Act by which the province is divided int'O counties for certain purposes and it is proposed that the definition of ' County ' in the provincial Act shall be substituted for the present definition of ' County ' in the Canada Temperance Act.
Then the Canada Temperance Act, as it stands at present, contains no definition of a city or city municipality and it is proposed to introduce into the Act as far as British Columbia is concerned the definition of city or city municipality, which appears in another provincial Act of British Columbia, called the Municipal Clauses Act.
Part 1 of the Canada Temperance Act sets out the proceedings for bringing part 2 of that Act into force. The commencement of these proceedings is to be by the deposit of a notice and petition in certain designated offices for public examination. So faT as the province of British Columbia is concerned, those offices are restricted to the five electoral divisions that existed at the* time the Canada Temperance Act was revised. There are at present seven electoral divisions in British Columbia represented by seven gentlemen in this House, and it is proposed to correct that anomaly by the amendment in question.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.