Mr. A. A. McLEAN:
It is only a matter
of procedure. Supposing a person has a claim against the Government for damages for negligence, he must, before the passing of the Act of 1910, commence proceedings in the Exchequer Court. Under the Act of 1910 he has a very simple remedy in the courts of the province, and that Act was of great benefit to the people who had claims 'against the Government. When I came here in the early part of this session, I was requested by certain people who had commenced suits in the courts to ask the Government to amend the Act so that the remedy would apply to all claims which had arisen since 1910. was told by one of the legal officers of the Crown, who had something to do with the drafting of the Act of 1910, that the omission to include the Prince Edward Island railway was a mistake; that they overlooked it, and they thought that the words " Intercolonial railway " in the Act and the words " Govern-
ment railways " in the preamble included all the railways controlled by the Government. It was evidently a mistake, and I would ask the minister, if he is not inclined at the present time to pass the Bill as I first asked him to introduce it, to apply to all claims, to let the matter stand for a, day or two and give it further consideration.