Mr. Chairman, the purpose of this resolution is to enable the governor in council or the director of soldier settlement, as the case may be, to dispose of lands presently in the name of the director of soldier settlement which are unoccupied and vacant by transferring them to the provinces where the lands are in an unorganized territory, and where they are located in organized territory to transfer them, if deemed advisable, to the municipalities.
The question of vacant dominion lands has caused a good deal of difficulty throughout Canada, the municipalities having no power to assess them, and the director of soldier settlement having no legal right to pay the taxes. Fortunately the number of locations is decreasing each year, but it has been suggested by the director that this power should be vested in him, particularly as the provinces at the present time are endeavouring to place settlers from the urban centres upon the land.
Soldier Settlement Act
This amendment to the act will facilitate such work.