Quite a number of committees meet in the morning of which members of the Banking and Commerce Committee are also members. This morning we had sittings of the Agricultural Committee, the Public Accounts Committee, the Banking and Commerce Committee, and the Printing Committee. We are in the habit of calling the Banking and Commerce Committee at half past ten o'clock, while most of the committees meet at eleven, and sometimes we are able to get through a good deal of business m the 30 minutes before the other committees meet. In the Banking and Commerce Committee, as I suppose in some other committees, we do not have a large attendance and it seems to be more difficult to get. the members together at half past ten than at eleven o'clock. Often the committee would have to be dismissed or else do business without a quorum. The -matter was fully discussed this morning before rather a large attendance of the committee and it was the unanimous opinion that the quorum might be reduced.
A question of order was raised yesterday u-pon the introduction of a Bill by the hon. member for Rainy River, entitled: * An Act to amend the Electricity and Fluid Exportation Act.' The hon. mem-
ber for East Grey questioned the propriety of proceeding with the measure without the principle of the same having been first submitted to a Committee of the Whole House, toy virtue of Rule No. 50. This Rule reads as follows:-
50. No Bill relating to trade, or the alteration of tlie laws concerning trade, is to be brought into the House, until the proposition shall have been first considered in a Committee of he Whole House, and agreed unto by the House.
Not having had an opportunity of perusing the Bill itself, I could only judge from the observations made toy the hon. member for Rainy River in introducing his Bill, as to its scope and intent. In the meantime I requested that the Bill should stand until I could look into the point raised.
The hon. member for Rainy River having submitted his draft of the Bill to me, I find that it amends Chap. 16 of the Statutes of 1907 in some material particulars : that it relates to trade in electric and mechanical power is manifest. Clause 4 of the Bill repeals section 5 of the original Act, and provides regulations as to methods of distribution and the hours of service. Subsection 3 of clause 4 makes it compulsory for licensees under the Act to supiply power upon the request of any municipal corporation or of any other bona fide applicant for such power.
I, therefore, rule that the said Bill does' relate to trade as contemplated by Rule 50 and can only toe introduced after having been first considered in Committee of the Whole House.
Topic: BILLS RELATING TO TRADE, QUESTION OF ORDER.
As we do not want to have too many printed documents to refer to, it seems to me that something more might be included in the papers which the Minister of Marine and Fisheries has brought
down, so that we would have the whole matter under our hand. The first suggestion I have to make is that, as the amended sections of the fishery regulations are given, it would be useful to have with them the present sections, so that we could tell at a glance what alterations have been made. Then, I think the protocols might be included so as to give us a concise and ready reference.
I think most of the regulations are in the protocol itself, but for the sake of intelligent discussion, I think it would be well to have all the regulations included, and I will bring them down to-morrow.