March 23, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. HAGGART.

In reference to water rights, or any other. That is a power vested in the provincial authority, and I doubt very much if any court in the land has decided that, by the conveying of the land to the Dominion government, the right to legislate for that area is thereby conveyed to the Dominion. The Dominion can, either by regulation or by Act of parliament, decide on what terms the right conveyed to it-which is no greater right than that which is conveyed to an individual-shall be exercised. But the right of regulation, the right of legislation in reference to these lands, is in the provincial government, and by no conveyance of land can that right be transferred to the Dominion.

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