June 1, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)



The Bill is in very much the same terms as the Bill of last year. The consideration given by the House to the Bill of last year resulted in the acceptance of certain amendments which have been
adopted in the re-drafting of the Bill. The opportunity has been taken to make a very thorough revision of the Bill in the light of the subsequent operations of the Lands Act. In regard to the provision which was particularly contentious, while the principle of pre-emption and of purchased homesteads remains in the Bill, the area to which this principle applies has been restricted to the .territory, speaking roughly, between Moose-jaw and Calgary on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and between the international boundary and the latitude of Battleford. It is hoped that, with this restriction, the Bill will be acceptable to all parties in the House.

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