That in accordance with the usual practice in such eases, and in accordance with the recommendation of the committee on miscellaneous private hills the additional charges paid on the following private bills be refunded, namely:
Bill No. 298 (Letter P8 of the Senate), intituled: "An act for the relief of William Hogg.
Bill No. 307 (Letter W8 of the Senate), intituled: "An act for the relief of Augustus Vernon Ellis," and
Bill No. 311 (Letter A9 of the Senate), intituled: "An act for the relief of Marie-Anne Palardy Murphy."
The main reason for the recommendation of the committee that these fines be refunded is that the lawyers engaged in these cases did not file their petitions before the House of Commons in due time, while the petitions were filed with the Senate on time. With the rules as they are at present the difficulty is this: In the Senate I believe they have at least twelve weeks within which to present their petitions, while in the House of Commons they have only six weeks. This has resulted in confusion and embarrassment for the lawyers engaged in these cases, and some of them have been one day late, and others two or three days late in presenting their
petitions, rendering the parties liable to a fine of $200. In the particular cases that came before the committee this morning we concluded that under the circumstances the usual practice should be followed and these fines refunded.
Yes. Having had a little experience in presiding over this committee, I very much feel like recommending that some procedure be adopted which would obviate cases of this kind coming before us, because one would expect that the lawyers in these cases at least should know the period within which the petitions should be filed in both houses. If the time for receiving the petitions were the same for both houses, it would obviate such cases as we have had to consider lately.
That the proceedings and evidence taken by the select standing committee on banking and commerce respecting improvement of the banking system of Canada, as submitted in their seventh report on the 3rd of May last, be printed as an appendix to the Journals of the house, and that 750 copies in English and 250 copies in French of said proceedings and evidence be printed in blue book form, and that standing order 64 be suspended in relation thereto.
Topic: BANKING AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE
Subtopic: MOTION FOR PRINTING OF EVIDENCE