When the marine telegraphs were brought under the operation of the Telegraphs Act in 1875 it read as follows:
This part applies to every company (a) hereafter authorized by any special or general Act of the parliament of Canada, or under the provisions of this part to construct or maintain telegraphic wires or cables in, upon, under or across any gulf, bay or branch of any sea, or any tidal water within the jurisdiction of Canada or the shore or bed thereof respectively so as to connect any province with any other province of Canada or to extend beyond the limits of any province.
When the statutes in 1886 were revised parliament used the word * hereafter,' in the first line, and again when the statutes
were revised three years ago the same oversight was committed. If the word ' hereafter,' were allowed to remain here the Telegraphs Act would not apply to cables which had been laid before the date when the Act came into force. So it is only to correct this error that this Bill is introduced, by using instead of the word ' hereafter,' in the first line of paragraph (a) the words ' authorized on the 8th day of April, 1875.'
Subtopic: TELEGRAPHS ACT AMENDMENT.