Upon the motion, yesterday, by the hon. member for Thunder Bay and Rainy River for leave to introduce a Bill intituled an Act to amend chapter 139, 4 and 5, Edward VII., intituled ' An Act respecting the Ontario and Minnesota Power Company, Limited,' I stated that I would to-day give a more extensive opinion upon his right to introduce the Bill as a public measure.
Upon a careful perusal of the proposed Bill I find that it is composed entirely of amendments to sections of the Act incorporating the Ontario and Minnesota Power Company, Limited, the main provisions being as follows :
To compel the company to provide further plans and execute additional work and carry out any new works required by such authority as may have jurisdiction on the Rainy river at or near Fort Frances, and that if, upon the application of the town or otherwise, it appears that the company has executed any work not approved by the Governor in Council the company shall, if directed, carry out any work or make any change required, and also with regard to the flow of water through the works of the company, the supply of power and energy, and the regulation of the methods and conditions under which the same shall be furnished and the prices therefor. And, further, that the company shall deliver, in Canada, a stated proportion of the total power delivered by them, and that the town of Fort Frances may, if a resolution of its council represents that the determination of the quantity of power, prices, conditions and manner of service of electrical power and energy is important in the interests of the town, apply to the Board of Railway Commissioners, which shall determine such application.
As to whether certain portions of the Bill are, or are not, properly the subject of a public Act is not necessary for me to determine, but upon the extracts from the Bill which I have just given I would state the following opinions from authorities. It is stated by Bourinot, 3rd edition, page 706, that:
Private Bills are distinguished from public Bills in that they directly relate to the affair?