I would like to ask
the minister if it would not be possible to restrict the advantage of the renewals to the original holders of the certificates. There may be some equities in their case but I think there are no equities in the case of the speculators who held these certificates previously to the 31st October. To my mind there is a very great distinction between the equities of the one and the claims of the other. One has equities, the other has claims. The position taken by the minister is a reasonable one if we apply his argument in favour of the original holders, the one who earned the grant, the one to whom the certifi 'ate was granted and to whom ad the advantages of it should apply.
Right Hon. Sir WILFRID LAHRIER [DOT] My hon. friend the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Roche) is very technical when he says that this is the first instance of a renewal for a grant of money. There have been renewals once or twice under this Act but these renewals were not to get a money grant, but to allow the holders of the certificates fur-
ther time to file their claims. They were allow one renewal and then another. This is a renewal to allow them to make an application for a grant of money which they had earned by their failure to apply for the land. But this distinction is a very technical one after all. We have amended the Act once, twice and three times over. I do not say that the legislation this year may not be justified by the circumstances, a knowledge of which may be in the possession of the minister. Last year,- at the time of the last renewal, I think a sufficient reason was given why the Act should be renewed but it was understood that it would be the last time. There must be some finality to this matter. My hon. friend asks for this legislation; it is exceptional legislation and legislation which is exceptional in its character ought to be supported by good and sufficient reasons. The only reproach I have to make to my hon. friend's that he has not fortified himself with sufficient reasons if we are to judge by those which he has given to the House. I do not intend to oppose the resolution at this stage but before the matter comes up again for discussion on the second reading of the Bill my hon. friend must lay on the Table of the House all the reasons which he has and which, in his opinion, are sufficient to justify such legislation so that every member of the House may be in a position to judge whether or not there ought to be another extension of time.