Mr. LEMIEUX moved concurrence in amendments made by the Senate to Bill (No. 105) to amend the Telegraphs Act. He said: This Bill should be read with Bill (No. 105). The amendments are the following: On page 1, line 8, after 'direct1 add 'and at such rates as may be determined from time to time by the said board for the different classes of messages, or hours of the day or night during which such messages are transmitted, without discrimination within each class.'
The explanation of this amendment is that it will give a better understanding of the section. When I introduced this Bill to the House I explained that the object was to give the three classes of messages, urgent messages, deferred messages and press messages. Now there is a section in the Telegraph Act which forces under a penalty the companies to transmit messages as they receive them. If there is a differentiation between the classes of messages the companies according to this amendment and according to the Act which was introduced, the amendment making it clearer, will be under the same penalty obliged to transmit them as received. That is the first amendment. Then, another amendment leaves out section 4 of the Bill in order not to confiscate any rights which have been acquired by the cable companies. The next amendment is in the last section, line 19:
After ' Council ' insert ' and simultaneously with the coming into force of the Act of the present session, intituled: ' An Act to
control the rates and facilities of Ocean Cable Companies, and to amend the Railway Act with respect to Telegraph and Telephones and the jurisdiction of the Board of Railway Commissioners.'
That is to say if we do not obtain from Great Britain the necessary provision to put into operation this legislation, then that amendment in the Telegraphs Act shall not come into force. The one is dependent on the other.
Motion agreed to, and amendments read the first and second time, and concurred in.