Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Minister of Mines and Resources):
When the bill was before the committee the other day, two amendments were suggested to clause 1. As I recall, the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) suggested that after the words "Superintendent General" in the second line there should be something to indicate that the section related to Indian reserves. In the opinion of the law officers of the crown there is no objection, although their view is that it is not necessary, since the Indian Act relates only to Indian administration. But I suggest an amendment to subsection 2, which will be moved by my colleague the Minister of Public Works:
That section 1 of the bill be amended by adding after the words "Superintendent General" in line 2 the words "in respect of any reserve."
Criticism was made also of the last lines in subsection 2, which read:
... to issue leases upon such terms as may be considered proper in the interests of the Indians and of any lessee or licencee.
I explained at the time the purpose of the last four words. But in order to make it clear that it does not apply to any who may be getting mineral leases I suggest a further amendment to that section:
That the words "and of any lessee and licencee" in line 4 be struck out and the following substituted therefor: "and of any
other lessee or licencee of surface rights."
This will make clearer the purpose of the inclusion of those words.
Subtopic: PROVISIONS RESPECTING LEASES OF MINERALIZED
Sub-subtopic: AREAS AND ADVANCES TO ASSIST AGRICULTURE AND OTHER PURSUITS