Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) moved the third reading of Bill No. 41, respecting the transfer of the railway belt and Peace River block.
He said: Before this bill is read a third
time, I think in fairness to members of the ojr position I should give some information that I was to secure for them. I see the hon. member for Vancouver Centre (Mr. Stevens) is not in his seat, but I can put the information on Hansard with reference to the foreshore rights in the Fraser river. Upon inquiry I find that the harbour board of New Westminster made application for the foreshore rights from Douglas island to tidewater. That was refused, but foreshore rights were granted to them to two miles west of Annacis island and in addition the foreshore rights were granted on the Pitt river some twelve miles easterly from the junction with the Fraser
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and ten miles in the Fraser river. The harbour commission of New Westminster apparently were able to convince the provincial authorities that this was necessary to protect them in connection with harbour purposes.
In answer to the hon. member for Cariboo (Mr. Fraser) in regard to ordnance lands, the tract of 100,000 acres mentioned by him as being in the Chilcoten valley was exchanged for Point Grey property which was granted to the provincial government for university grounds and other purposes, and is still controlled by the Department of Defence. It has not yet been transferred to the Department of the Interior.
With reference to the boundaries in regard to which the commission is set up and provision is made in the agreement, the commisison is simply to decide what the boundaries of the present areas of ordnance reserves will be. They are not definite nor well defined and the commission was set up for that purpose.
With reference to the other matter that we discussed, that is as to whether or not there could be exchanges, I am informed by our officers that that matter was not discussed in the negotiations with the officers of the provincial government, so that I was somewhat in error in making the statement that exchanges could be made. The commission is set up simply for the purpose of defining the boundaries of ordnance lands already set aside.