Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved the first reading of Bill No. 146, from the Senate, to amend the Bankruptcy Act.
He said: The main purpose of this bill,
which has already passed the Senate, is to carry out the recommendation of the Banking and Commerce committee last year by inserting an amendment which has been
strongly urged, especially by my hon. friends from Saskatchewan and Alberta, to provide for the administration of estates of insolvent farmers by a government officer who shall be paid by the province rather than out of the estate; also that insolvent farmers shall be able to obtain their discharge notwithstanding the fact that they have not kept books or that they have carried on farming after they knew themselves to be insolvent. The other amendments are on mere questions of procedure and changes have been suggested by judges and officers dealing with the Bankruptcy Act.