On the motion of Sir Robert Borden (Prime Minister), Bill No. 97, respecting the Halifax Relief Commission, was Tead the second time and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Boivin in the Chair.
On section 1-Act of Nova Scotia ratified:
Robert Laird Borden
(Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)
The purpose of this Bill is merely to confirm an Act of the legislature of the province of Nova Scotia conferring certain powers on the Halifax Relief Commission, and also to provide that the accounts of the commission shall be audited 'by such persons as the Governor in Council may appoint on the recommendation of the Auditor General of Canada. The provincial Act conferred upon the Halifax Relief Commission power to make certain alterations in the streets of the city. My right hon. friend, who knows the city fairly well, will recollect that in the north end the streets run directly up a very steep hill from the water. It is proposed that as that district has Ibeen completely devastated, the commission shall have power to run certain of the main arteries of the city diagonally along the hill so as to secure a much better grade, and that for that pur-
pose they shall have power to acquire or expropriate the land that is necessary for making these alterations. Those are the principal features of the Bill. The provincial Act confers! upon the Halifax Relief Commission certain powers which could not properly, in the first instance at least, be conferred by this Parliament.