I will briefly explain this bill and in doing so I wish to expressly thank the Minister of Justice for his courtesy in permitting it to come up. This is a somewhat technical and formal amendment to the Yukon Act. The Yukon Act, as originally drafted, provided for trials, and so forth, but did not include provision for jury trials in certain cases. The reason for it was this: When Yukon was first opened up and this act was originally passed it was in the days of what was known as "the stampede." Conditions there were in an exceedingly disturbed state, and it was felt that it was not desirable to place such cases as mineral claims and disputes under jury trial as was the case in all other provinces. That condition has long since passed, twenty years ago or nearly so, and to-day Yukon is just as settled and as sober
shall I say?-in its thought and in its administration as any other part of Canada. All the feverish excitement has long since passed. This is simply to give to Yukon
rights which are enjoyed by the other provinces.