Mr. Speaker, the Territorial Lands Act was passed in 1950. This act replaced the old Dominion Lands Act and is now the statute which governs the administration, control and disposition of the lands in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, with the exception of quartz and placer mining rights in the Yukon Territory.
In the Territorial Lands Act a simple procedure was provided for taking proceedings before a stipendiary magistrate to evict persons who were trespassing upon or unlawfully occupying crown lands. The power to hear such proceedings was given to a stipendiary magistrate and could not be exercised by anyone else. When the Yukon Act and the Northwest Territories Act were revised and came into effect on the 1st April, 1955, the appointment of stipendiary magistrates was no longer necessary and the positions were abolished. The amendment proposed by the bill will allow the proceedings to be heard before a judge of the territorial court.
There is nobody now to judge these cases of eviction. The amendment proposed by the bill is very simple: it will allow the proceedings to be heard before a judge of the territorial court.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT SUBSTITUTING JUDGE FOR STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE