On the motion of Hon. Mr. Crerar (Minister of Agriculture) the House went into committee on the following proposed resolution, Mr. Boivin in the Chair:
Resolved, That it is expedient to amend the Animal Contagious Diseases Act, chapter seventy-five of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1906, as amended by chapter six of the statutes of 1913, and to provide that the Governor in Council may order a compensation to be paid .to the owners of animals slaughtered under the provisions of the Act, the value of the animal to be determined by the Minister or by some person appointed by Mm, but the value, except as otherwise provided by the Aot, not
to exceed In the case of grade animals two hundred dollars for each horse, eighty dollars for each head of cattle and twenty dollars for each pig or sheep, and in the case of pure bred animals five hundred dollars for each horse, two hundred and fifty dollars for each head of cattle and seventy-five dollars for each pig or sheep. These amendments to remain in operation for three years.
Mr. 'CRERAR: I think a word of explanation will suffice 'for this resolution. At the time this Act was originally passed the values upon which compensation was based for the slaughter of condemned animals were fixed by statute, in the case of cattle $60 per head and for pigs and sheep $15 per head, and the compensation allowed when animals were condemned and slaughtered was two-thirds of the value set by statute. Owing to the increased value of these animals at the present time, the compensation allowed when they are ordered to be destroyed does not adequately compensate their owners. The intention of the Act when originally drafted, as I understand it, was to encourage the reporting to the proper authorities of animals which might be affected by some contagious disease, so that they could be properly examined, and, if found a menace, destroyed. I think it is only proper that now, when the value of these animals has increased, and in some cases doubled, beyond what it was at the time the Act was originally passed, that the limit upon which compensation can toe fixed should be raised, and that is the purpose of the resolution.