May 28, 1926

CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

It was impossible

to hear the amendment as it was read by the minister, or as you read it, Mr. Chairman, I do not think the House has any idea ol what the proposed amendment is.

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LIB

William Duff (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

The amendment is to

add after the word "territory" in paragraph (d) of clause 2 the words: "in respect to which 'commissioner' shall be read for 'Lieutenant-Governor in Council.' "

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CON
PRO
CON

Peter McGibbon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McGIBBON:

I would ask the minister again, providing this bill falls through as a result of the provinces not participating in the scheme, will this government assume the full responsibility? I think we ought to have a direct answer to that question.

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PRO
CON

Peter McGibbon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McGIBBON:

Then the bill, on the very face of it, is an absolute absurdity. It will never amount to anything.

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

That is my hon. friend's opinion. I have not that opinion. I am satisfied that many of the provinces will avail themselves of this legislation.

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CON
PRO
CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Has any plan been

formulated as to the operation of this act in the Yukon? Has the minister had any communication with the gold commissioner of that territory, who is in charge of the administration there, how it is going to be worked out?

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

The Yukon territory will be in the same position as the other provinces, except that the commissioner will take the place of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. H he sees fit, he can make his

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representations to the Governor in Council, and his representations will be considered.

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CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

There is no such

official in the Yukon and has not been since 1918. The position of commissioner was abolished by the government.

Mr. KING Kootenay): That is not our

information. He may not go by that title in the Yukon, but under the act he is known a3 the commissioner.

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CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

I am sure that I

am correct. I quite agree with other hon. members that this act will be abortive. Whether it is the gold commissioner or anybody else, I am sure that this act in its present terms will never come into operation in the Yukon, and it is just a waste of time considering it.

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CON

Simon Fraser Tolmie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TOLMIE:

I am strongly in favour of the principle of this bill, but I think that some meeting or conference should have been held with the provinces first. Have any of the provinces indicated their willingness to come in under this legislation?

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CON
PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

There has been no correspondence, I think, with any of the provinces since this legislation was introduced.

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

There was correspondence during the time the committee of 1924 was sitting.

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May 28, 1926