Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argenteuil), (Minister of the Interior) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution:
Resolved, That it is expedient,-
(1) to confirm an agreement for the settlement of certain questions between the governments of Canada and Ontario respecting Indian reserve lands, made the 24th March, 1924, defining the respective rights of each touching the disposition of lands in Indian reserves in the province which are surrendered by the Indians in order that they may be disposed of for the benefit of the band;
(2) to authorize the payments to the province provided for in the said agreement of any balance from proceeds of the sale or other disposition of the lands or any portion thereof, together with accrued unexpended simple interest thereon, and of one-half of the consideration in the case of the sale, lease or other disposition of mining claims staked on such reserve, or of lands in which minerals are included or may exist or be supposed to exist; and
(3) to provide that no disposition shall be made of water-power in any such Indian reserve of a greater capacity than five hundred horse-power except by special agreement, and that the provisions of the Bed of Navigable Waters Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1914, chapter 31, shall apply to grants of such lands or minerals heretofore or hereafter made under the Great Seal of Canada or otherwise under the direction of the government of Canada.
He said: His Excellency, the Governor
General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution recommends it to the favourable consideration of the House.