May 21, 1932

MONTREAL HARBOUR COMMISSION


Hon. ALFRED DURANLEAU (Minister of Marine) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 98, to amend the Montreal Harbour Commissioners' Act, 1894.


LIB
CON

Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

The purpose of this proposed legislation is to vest in the crown all the properties of the Montreal harbour, not only those within the limits of the harbour but also those outside. Under 4 and 5, George V, chapter 42, all the properties of the harbour within its limits are vested in the crown. Harbour development in the last decade has obliged the harbour commissioners to extend their facilities beyond the official limits; for

instance, the extension of elevator No. 3 which was built in 1928 is outside the boundaries of the harbour. We think it is an anomaly that the harbour facilities outside the boundaries should not be vested in the crown as the other properties are.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Do the boundaries include both shores of the St. Lawrence river?

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CON

Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

We have not many facilities on the south shore; they are mostly on the north shore in Montreal.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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SOLDIER SETTLEMENT ACT


Hon. W. A. GORDON (Acting Minister of Immigration and Colonization) with unanimous consent moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: That the Soldier Settlement Act be amended to provide for the transfer to the province or municipality of any land which for two years preceding such transfer has not been the subject of a contract of sale; to authorize the director of soldier settlement to pay rates, taxes and assessments on lands not under contract of sale; and to enable the department to convey areas greater in extent than five acres for the purposes specified in section 29 of the act. He said: His Excellency the Governor General having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. LaVergne in the chair.


CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

Mr. Chairman, the purpose of this resolution is to enable the governor in council or the director of soldier settlement, as the case may be, to dispose of lands presently in the name of the director of soldier settlement which are unoccupied and vacant by transferring them to the provinces where the lands are in an unorganized territory, and where they are located in organized territory to transfer them, if deemed advisable, to the municipalities.

The question of vacant dominion lands has caused a good deal of difficulty throughout Canada, the municipalities having no power to assess them, and the director of soldier settlement having no legal right to pay the taxes. Fortunately the number of locations is decreasing each year, but it has been suggested by the director that this power should be vested in him, particularly as the provinces at the present time are endeavouring to place settlers from the urban centres upon the land.

Soldier Settlement Act

This amendment to the act will facilitate such work.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

Is this limited to vacant

lands? It would not appear so from the resolution.

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CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

It deals with lands that

are not under a contract of sale, but have come back to the director.

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UFA

Alfred Speakman

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPEARMAN:

Will these lands be

transferred without cost to the provinces in lieu of arrears of taxation?

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CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

There may be tracts of

land which will be turned over to the provinces for a consideration, but I think in the majority of cases the transfer to the provinces or to the municipalities will be for little or no consideration.

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CON

James Langstaff Bowman

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOWMAN:

But I presume only upon the request of the provinces or the municipalities?

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CON
LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

I commend the minister for

the introduction of this resolution. It has been long sought in British Columbia with respect to the payment of taxes. I notice the concluding lines of the resolution read:

-and to enable the department to convey areas greater in extent than five acres-

And so on. In many of the municipalities in the lower Fraser valley the acreage is 4-9 -five acres with the road allowance taken off. There are many areas of that size in that section, and I should like to know if all lands will be included, no matter how small in area?

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CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

The act empowers the

director to sell portions of land up to five acres, but it has been found that in many cases it is desirable to sell a larger piece of land out of a location. The act is designed to vest the director with that authority.

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

But with regard to the payment of taxes, all areas will be included irrespective of size?

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CON
UFA

Alfred Speakman

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPEARMAN:

I assume from the

wording of the resolution that the director is to be given discretion whether he will pay the taxes and still carry the land, or turn it over to the province or the municipality to be dealt with.

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May 21, 1932