Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Melville) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 57, respecting the United Church of Canada.
He said: This bill comes to us from the senate, and is founded upon a mutual agreement associated with reciprocal good fellowship between the official representatives of ihe United Church of Canada and corresponding representatives of that body of Presbyterians who decided to remain out of church union, as to the use of that official designation "The Presbyterian Church in Canada."
Inasmuch as both parties to this difference make some conscientious claims to some form of continuity, it was unanimously agreed, after friendly discussions, that that portion of the Presbyterian church which remained out of union, should have accorded to it the right by law to use the official term "The Presbyterian Church in Canada," without prejudice in any way to the rights, status, or powers of the United Church of Canada. This bill is designed to give effect to that reciprocal understanding.
I therefore take much pleasure in moving the first reading of this bill, seconded by the hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Stewart).
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.