April 12, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Napoléon Antoine Belcourt

Liberal

Mr. N. A. BELCOURT (Ottawa).

I think the motion made by the member for Alberta

may very well be adopted by this House without any sacrifice of the principle or rule enunciated by the Prime Minister, and If he will give me his attention I will explain my reasons for thinking so. The Bill asks for two things ; it asks for a connection between Hudson Bay and Lake Superior, and it also asks for an extension of time for the construction of the other portion of the charter already possessed by the people who were before the committee, that is, an extension of time for constructing a road partly by water and partly rail from Hudson Bay along the Mackenzie river. That part of the Bill was not considered by the committee. All the committee considered was the granting of a charter for the connection between Hudson Bay and Lake Superior, and that the committee refused to entertain. As I understand the motion of the hon. member for Alberta, he does not ask the committee to reconsider that question, the question which the committee really decided, but simply to grant the other portion of the Bill extending the time for the construction of the rest of the road already chartered. Therefore, in referring the Bill back to the committee, it is not sought for a moment to ask the committee to change its decision in order to reconsider that which it has already decided ; it is simply asking the committee to consider a question involved in the Bill which was not at all considered by the committee on the previous occasion.

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