Mr. MAURICE BRASSET (Gaspe) moved the second reading of Bill No. 36, to amend the Bankruptcy Act (Locality of a debtor).
He said; The purpose of this bill, Mr. Speaker, is to compel creditors in the province of Quebec to take bankruptcy proceedings in the district where the debtor resides. Last session a similar bill was withdrawn on the representation of the hon. Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie) that this year a general revision of the Bankruptcy Act would be undertaken, which revision would very likely cover this point, but I fail to see that anything has yet been done in this direction. Last session it was objected that such an amendment would make it more expensive for creditors, but on the contrary I think that the procedure proposed would be less expensive in the long run. At present debtors in outlying districts have to come to Montreal or Quebec when bankruptcy proceedings are taken against them, and in many cases the expense is very burdensome. I hope the bill will be given second reading.