April 18, 1918

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 58, respecting certain patents of The Dynamic Balancing Machine Company. -Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 59, to incorporate the Gospel Workers Church in Canada.-Mr. Middlebro. Bill No. 60, to incorporate Montreal, Joiiette and Transcontinental Junction Railway Company.-Mr. Denis. Bill No. 61, respecting The Toronto, Hamiltqn and Buffalo Railway Company.- Mr. Stewart.


BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT.

UNION

Hugh Guthrie (Solicitor General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Solicitor General) moved:

That the special committee to whom was referred Bill INo. 25, respecting bankruptcy, be granted power to send for persons, papers and records.

Topic:   BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT.
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Motion agreed to.


INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. A. K. MACLEAN (Acting Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 62, to amend the Insurance Act, 1917.


L LIB
UNION

Alexander Kenneth Maclean (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

The purpose of this Bill is threefold. The Insurance Act now provides that British and foreign companies shall maintain a deposit with the Department of Finance at least equal to their total liabilities in Canada. The pur-

pose of this Bill is to require that the deposit shall not only equal the amount of their liabilities in Canada, but shall be in excess of their liabilities to the extent of 25 per cent. The second amendment proposed is to increase the initial deposit required of British and foreign companies prior to the commencement of their insurance business in Canada. The amount required to-day is $50,000, and it is proposed to raise that to $100,000. The third amendment proposed is to section 125 of the Insurance Act, which requires Canadian companies to maintain assets at least 15 per cent in excess of their total liabilities. The Bill proposes to raise the amount of this percentage to 25 per cent.

Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time.

Topic:   INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT.
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FISHERIES ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. C. C. BALLANTYNE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 63, to amend the Fisheries Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   FISHERIES ACT AMENDMENT.
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UNION

Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

This Bill is introduced for two specific reasons. The first provision refers to the British Columbia salmon fisheries. Heretofore it has been the custom to have the packages or cases labelled to show that the salmon was caught legally, or that the salmon was caught during the open season and not during the closed season. The department has found that this provision of the law has not worked out as satisfactorily as was hoped, and the object of the Bill is to abolish clauses 22, 23, 25, 65 and 66, as a result of which no one will be allowed to catch fish outside of the areas that are closed during the closed season unless he has a license, or unless the boat is licensed. The Indians have a habit, during the closed fishing season, of catching a considerable number of salmon. While they are allowed legally to catch salmon for their own use, they are *forbidden to catch salmon and offer them for sale either to the canners or the dealers. The object is to prevent any one offering salmon during the close season to any canner or dealer, unless either the boat or the man is licensed.

During the cloee season in Canadian waters it has been the practice of some of the Canadian lobster fishermen, and also of some of the American lobster fishermen, to catch lobsters outside of the territorial waters. It is proposed' by this legislation, concurrent legislation being passed by the United States Congress, to prevent the Canadian and American fishermen from

catching lobsters during the close season outside of the territorial waters.

Topic:   FISHERIES ACT AMENDMENT.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated toy asterisks).


MR. R. A. PRINGLE, K.C.

L LIB

Mr. EULER:

Laurier Liberal

1. On what Government Commissions has R. A. Pringle, K.C., officiated since October 1, 1911, and how much did he draw from each?

2. Is he still connected with the Price of Paper Investigation? If so, how much has he drawn from this?

3. What is the total amount drawn by said Mr. Pringle out of the public exchequer since October 1, 1911?

4. Goes the Government contribute in any way to the rent of the offices at present occupied by the firm of Pringle & Co. in a 'building on Wellington St., Ottawa? If so, how much?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MR. R. A. PRINGLE, K.C.
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UNION

Martin Burrell (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. BURRELL:

The question is

answered toy a return -which was tabled today.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MR. R. A. PRINGLE, K.C.
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April 18, 1918