June 4, 1920

PAPER TABLED.


List of lawyers in the province of Quebec, who act as Public Representatives. -Hon. Mr. Sifton.


DIRECTOR OF COAL OPERATIONS.


Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 153 (from the Senate), respecting the Director of Coal Operations. He said: I would like to defer giving an explanation of the object of this Bill until it comes up for second reading; but the passage of the measure will be expedited if it receives the first reading to-day. Motion agreed to, and Bill read a first time.


SENATE BILLS-FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 154 for the relief of Albert Ernest Bulley.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 155 for the relief of Beatrice Booth Gendron.-Mr. Fripp.


ORDER OF BUSINESS.

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister):

I should like to say to the

House that on account of the Minister of Finance being very actively engaged in very important matters, apart from the Budget, he will not be able to go on with the Budget resolutions as the first order of business to-day. I spoke to the leader of the Opposition about taking up Order No. 12- which is merely for a reference to a committee-Order No. 25, the second reading of a Bill to amend the Yukon Placer Mining Act, and Order No. 10, concerning a Bill that has been unanimously reported by the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture, I do not think any of these matters are controversial.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. JACQUES BUREAU (Three Rivers):

May I ask the Prime Minister a question? Can he inform me whether or not electricity

and gas will come under the heading of manfactured products in the new taxation? I ask the question because I have received telegrams from the firms that are selling electricity and gas in my town, who wish to know if they are to charge the one per cent tax on their bills which go out on the first of the month. I promised that I would ask the question the first thing at the opening of the House to-day, and I am now carrying out that promise.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Would my hon. friend be good enough to ask the Minister of Finance that question?

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The subject is really one that comes under the Minister of Finance, and without having the resolutions before me I would hardly like to give an answer to my hon. friend.

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CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT ACT- (FRENCH VERSION).


On the Order, House again in committee on Bill No. 131 (from the Senate) to amend the Criminal Code (French version).


UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice):

I beg to move with the permission of the House, pursuant to the understanding come to on Friday, that this order be discharged and that the said Bill be referred to a special committee for consideration and report, and that the Minister of Justice, and Messieurs Lemieux, Mac'kie (Edmonton), Vien and Denis be members of said special committee.

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Motion agreed to.


YUKON PLACER MINING ACT AMENDMENT.


On motion of Hon. Mr. Meighen Bill No. 1 hi to amend the Yukon Placer Mining Act w r s read a second time, and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Boivin in the Chair. On section 1-Prior Rights protected:


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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Would the minister make a general statement with respect to the whole Bill? Very few of us, of course, are familiar with the conditions in the Yukon -except perhaps the hon. member from YuKon (Mr. Thompson)-and therefore we should like to know what is the purport of the Bill.

Mr. MEilGHEN: I can make a general

statement. There is little use explaining

the first clause because it is rendered necessary in order to give full effect to the operating and substantial clauses that follow. The purpose of the Bill is this: Its design is to supply additional incentive to placer mining in the Yukon territory. When the Yukon was opened up, and for many years thereafter, placer mining was vigorously prosecuted because the awards under the then conditions were ample. They now are not so great as they were at that time, and it is sought by this Bill to amplify them in the following manner:

To adopt the practice of issuing leases-that is to say leases of territory along creeks where placer mining is carried on of considerable extent;-practically a reservation of that territory for the applicant in order that he may prospect it and if he finds that it is in his interest to stake claims, to do so. The territory proposed to be granted in respect of land already worked over-that is land already taken up, cancelled or abandoned-is five miles in length on any creek, and the time allowed is one year. The prospector is bound to expend at least a thousand dollars in that year on prospecting operations, and if he does o he is entitled to a renewal, if he desires, for another year, and under similar circumstances for a third. He pays $25 per mile, or fraction of a mile, rental for that prospecting lease. Then in respect of the class of claim already worked over, he is at liberty to stake within those three years any area he wishes, or rather as many claims as he desires. ' Each claim is about 23 acres in maximum.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

In that particular location.

Mr. MBIGiHEN: In that particular location. When he gets the claim he, of course, abides by the regulations in the usual way. Noiw as regards new areas- that is to say creeks not already applied for, forfeited or abandoned, or not worked over-he is entitled not to five miles but to one mile. He is entitled to renewals in the usual way-or rather in the way I have just defined as respects the other class- but he cannot stake the whole thing. He can only obtain a discovery stake,-that is to say three times the ordinary stake-the discovery stake being one that has always been given. Where a man is in the position of the discoverer of the area he gets three times the ordinary stake. 'So in this class of creeks already worked over, that is all he can obtain. He pays the same rental as I stated before for the other class, viz., $25 per mile or fraction of a mile.

Then the Bill provides as well for the method of measurement, a rather technical definition which could be explained much better by the hon. member for the Yukon. Indeed, greater detail could be given by him, if necessary, as to the main provisions of the Bill and as to the necessity, therefor.

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June 4, 1920