May 12, 1913

RAILWAY BELT WATER POWERS.


Hon. T. W. CROTHERS (Acting Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 195, to amend the Railway Belt Water Act. He said: Hon. gentlemen will be aware that the province of British Columbia, many years ago, conveyed to the Dominion government a strip of land twenty miles on either side of the right of way of the Canadian Pacific railway, which land is now known as the Railway Belt. Disputes arose between the provincial and Dominion governments concerning the administration of -water-powers within the belt. A decision was finally rendered by the Judicial Committtee of the Privy Council, holding that the Dominion Government had the right to administer the water privileges within that belt. It has been thought that these water rights could be more conveniently and satisfactorily administered by the provincial government, certain reserves being made by the Dominion Government. An Act with that object in view was passed at the last session of this Parliament. This Act has been found in some respects impracticable and unworkable. The object of this Bill is to remedy the defects which have become apparent in the present Act and to make the Act more workable and satisfactory in the interests both of the province and the Dominion.


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

Is the purpose of the Bill that the Act as amended shall be operated under the responsibility of the Dominion Government or under the responsibility of the provincial government?

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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

Partially both. The

Act conveys to the provincial government the right to administer these water-powers, but the Minister of the Interior is responsible, as hon. members will notice by some of the provisions of the Bill, for its administration. We except entirely from the operation of this Bill all areas that are or may be set apart and conducted as Dominion parks. These were not reserved under the Bill passed last session.

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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

When the Bill of last session was before the House there was considerable discussion in regard to the protection of irrigation rights already existing. We urged that the Bill should make adequate provision for the protection of rights created under Dominion authority, on the responsibility of the Dominion Government. Might I ask what the provision of the Bill is in that particular?

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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I think my hon. friend will find provisions in the Bill protecting these rights, and particularly with respect to Indian reserves and that sort of thing. We can go into that more in detail on the second reading.

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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

But it is especially with

regard to the rights of private owners of

land who had acquired rights of water for irrigation purposes that I inquire. A very considerable readjustment would be necessary, and we wish to be sure that the Government takes the responsibility of protecting the rights which had been created in water in the Railway Belt under the jurisdiction of the Dominion Government.

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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I think the hon. gentleman will find the provisions of the present Bill ample for that purpose.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READING.


Bill No. 194, for the relief of Sarah Lillian Attwood.-Mr. Meighen.


IMPERIAL UNDERWRITERS' CORPORATION.


On motion of Mr. Green, the amendments made by the Senate to Bill No. Ill, respecting Imperial Underwriters' Corporation, and to change its name to Imperial Underwriters' Corporation of Canada, were concurred in.


SECOND READING.


Bill No. 193, to incorporate the Canadian Central and Labrador Railway Company.- Mr. Devlin.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


EMPLOYMENT OF J. P. JONES.

LIB

William Melville Martin

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN (Regina):

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1. Has J. P. Jones been appointed to a position on the Grain Commission? If so, what is the position ?

2. Is this the same J. P. Jones who was manager of the Empire Elevator Company, which company operates a terminal elevator at Fort William?

3. Is the government aware as to whether or not the said J. P. Jones, when manager of the said company, was fined the amount of $2,500 for mixing grades?

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May 12, 1913