May 4, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

If I may be allowed to give an illustration of the mode in which questions like this should be dealt with-in the province of New Brunswick we have frequently incorporated companies to construct works of this, character, to establish booms and that sort of thing in navigable rivers, and then the company avails itself of the provision of the federal law which requires that before interfering with a navigable river there shall be an approval of the works by the Minister of Public Works for Canada. But the incorporation of the company, it seems to me, properly belongs to the provincial legislature, because by the terms of the British North America Act a provincial legislature is exclusively invested with power to incorporate companies for carrying on local undertakings with local objects.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN POWER COMPANY.
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