April 2, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)



Hon. members Who were in the last Parliament will remember that this subject was pressed upon the House by the hon. member who then represented Saskatoon. Very many cases arise where the holder of a pre-emption owes the preemption moneys to the Grown. He has performed his cultivation duty; he desires to raise a loan with which to pay off the Crown; but he cannot do so; he can do nothing at all with his land until he secures his patent. In order to meet difficulties of that kind in relation to homesteads, there previously was a provision in the law for granting certificates of recommendation for homesteads, but those were abolished in 1908. There was not the same reason for the certificate of recommendation for homesteads that there existed for certificates of recommendations for pre-emptions, because there could be no money owing to the Crown
in relation to homesteads, homesteads being free. But where a pre-emptor finds himself in the position that he wants to pay off the Crown, but there is no means by which he can put a loan on his pre-emption in order to pay off the Crown to get the patent, he is practically forbidden access to the money markets. This provision gives him that access for the period of a year, which period may be extended at the discretion of the minister. The effect is that he can deal with his homestead, as if he owned it, subject, of course, to the possibility of that certificate of recommendation failing unless lived up to within the year.

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