each soldier, as a soldier's grant over and above his homestead rights, and to the -further extent that it enabled assistance to "be given to soldiers owning land by way *of a loan upon those lands on the ordinary loan basis. The main purpose of the present legislation, in so far as it is additional to and beyond the Bill of 1917, is to provide a means of acquiring lands now held privately or by corporations, or indeed by governments, for the purpose of disposing of those lands to returned soldiers. A foundation for the work we are now doing under the Soldiers' Settlement Board was first laid on the 11th February last by an Order in Council which in its provisions is similar to the corresponding provisions of the Bill now introduced. However, beyond the powers which, were taken by *the Order in Council referred to, this Bill provides a system and machinery whereby lands may be acquired other than by agreement or purchase, viz: compulsorily and by expropriation. These ex-propriatory clauses contain means whereby, under a settlement area scheme, the lands that are being retarded from cultivation are set aside as settlement areas, and are thereby made subject to the compulsory provisions of the Bill. I have gone far enough to show that the measure i$ most comprehensive, and indeed progressive, in its character. It is, I think, the most extended and progressive federal land settlement scheme that has yet been brought to my attention. It is a Bill of considerable length and will demand much of the attention of Parliament.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time. .