The house proceeded to the consideration of the amendments made by the senate to Bill No. 56-Mr. Usley-to make provision with respect to insurance of property against war risks and the payment of compensation for Avar damages.
Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance) r Mr. Speaker, the motion I desire to make with regard to this order is this:
That a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint their Honours that this house disagrees with their amendment to section 26 of Bill No. 56, for the following reasons:
Because the said amendment extends the scope of the bill as passed by the House of Commons.
I have an opinion from the Clerk of the House of Commons to the effect that this amendment contravenes constitutional usage and practice in that it extends the scope of Avhat is essentially a money bill. I have here a note of the respects in which it does extend the scope of the bill and in such a way as in all probability to impose an added burden on the taxpayers. But I do not think it necessary for me to give these reasons to the House of Commons. In essence this is a financial scheme by which Ave shall be taking in large sums of money from the public of Canada and under which we shall be paying out large sums of money to those whose property we insure, in the event of that property suffering damage. The alteration of that scheme in an important particular, by greatly expanding the number of companies and altering the character of the companies with which the government has power to enter into agreements, is the alteration of what is essentially and soundly considered a financial bill. For that reason I am moving that this message be sent.