May 9, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


What does the government propose to do with timber leases within the territory covered by this Bill? One method of granting these rights was what might fairly be regarded as a perpetual lease, which I think is a radically wrong principle. There was a provision in the lease to the effect that the lease should be renewable from year to year as long as there was merchantable timber standing on the tract. It is only necessary, then, for the holder of the limit to leave a few trees of merchantable timber here and there to secure a renewal of his lease. Is there any provision either in this Bill, or elsewhere that would enable the government to cancel that lease? In most of the leases it provides that if the land is needed for settlement it may be taken, but I am not sure that there is such a provision in the leases to which I have referred. If part of these areas is covered by leases of that kind, what does the government propose to do with them?

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