Mr. GEORGE PARENT (Quebec West) presented the first report of the SelectStanding Committee on Standing Orders as follows:
In accordance with the order of reference of Your Honourable House of the 27th of March, 1924, your Committee have had under consideration a petition signed,-
On behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, by Alfred Gandier, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada;
On behalf of the Methodist Church by S. D. Chown, General Superintendent, The Methodist Church;
On behalf of the Congregational Union of Canada, by J. Lambert Alexander, Chairman, The Congregational Union of Canada;
praying for the passing of an act to incorporate them under the name of The United Church of Canada; also the fourth report of the Examiner of Petitions in reference thereto.
Your committee, after hearing counsel for both sides, were able to satisfactorily determine that the notices were published in twenty-seven newspapers in the various provinces of Canada, as well as in the church papers of the three denominations affected; and as evidence was submitted to the effect that copies of the proposed bill have been distributed to every Presbyterian minister and elder.in Canada, your committee are of the opinion that the requirements of the rules of the House have been complied with, and find that the notices as published have been sufficient.
Your committee have also considered the petitions contesting the authority of the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church to bind the said Presbyterian Church in Canada, and have come to the conclusion that the questions involved in said petitions should be taken up and considered by any committee to which the bill may be referred in due course.
All which is respectfully submitted.
Mr. PARENT moved that the report be concurred in.
Motion agreed to.