Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon):
I move, seconded by the hon, member for York-Sun-bury (Mr. Hanson), that in accordance with the recommendation contained in the eighth report of the select standing committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills the additional charge made on Bill No. 164, for the relief of Walter Thomas Pratchett, be refunded.
Hon. J. A. ROBB (Acting Minister of
Finance): In the interests of the Department ol Finance I must again object to this motion as I did some weeks ago to similar resolutions. It seems to me that we should determine sooner or later to what extent we are to go in refunding these charges to people who come before parliament asking for legislation and, when they are not successful, expect the country to reimburse them.
Hon, H. B. MoGIVERIN (Ottawa): These charges are not ordinary fees. A fine is levied even when the petition is a day late in being presented, and the charges are in the nature of fines. The committee felt in two or three oases that they were fully justified in returning the charges to the applicants, and while I do not recall the exact circumstances in relation to this particular case I know that the reasons were sufficient to warrant the recommendation.
Subtopic: REFUNDING OF ADDITIONAL CHARGES