May 8, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)


Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)



This is a motion to approve the report of the Select Standing Committee. I beg to move in amendment that the last paragraph of the report be struck out and that the report as amended be agreed to as follows:
As no petition was received in the House within the first six weeks of the session in connection with either of the two last-mentioned Bills, the said Bills became liable to the additional charge of $200 under the provisions of Rule 88 (8), which charge was duly levied and paid in each case; as, however, the counsel for both the applicants stated before your committee that the omission to present the petitions in the House was the result of misleading information furnished him in the Senate, your committee recommend that the said additional charge be refunded in each case.
When the rules were revised, it was provided that the fee on private Bills would be a certain sum, and then, if the Bill were not presented within the time prescribed by the House, there should be an additional charge. This report recommends that the additional fee should not be charged, giving as an excuse that the petitioners were misled by^ the Senate as regards the time within which the petition should be presented. That excuse is not sufficient. We should strictly adhere to the rules.

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