Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 99, to amend the Exchequer Court Act. He said: The purpose of the Bill is simply to extend the jurisdiction of the Exchequer Court so as to enable it to determine questions purely and simply of value. In the past there have been instances where the situation that arose was either that some
party or parties put before the Government or some department of the Government a claim with regard to which there could be no room for debate or discussion as to the existence of the claim, hut which was of such a nature that the quantum to be paid could not be agreed upon and was not easy of determination, or that it having been deemed proper that certain property or properties belonging to the Crown should be disposed of by sale or lease or otherwise, the parties concerned and the department concerned were not able to determine what would be the precise value. The purpose of the Bill is to add a clause to the Exchequer Court Act enumerating the matters with regard to which that Court shall have jurisdiction and to add a clause giving it jurisdiction for the purpose of determining the value in cases such as I have referred to. The present difficulty is that in such cases there is no case proper that comes under any of the cases enumerated in the existing section.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.