I beg to move in amendment :
That section 27 be amended by adding after the words ' forty-four ' in the twenty-sixth line thereof, the following:
And townships 18 to 24, both inclusive, between the first meridian on the east to Lakes Manitoba and Winnipegosis on the west.
Townships 11 to 24, ranges 9 to 11, both inclusive, townships 23 to 44, both inclusive, from range 17 to range 24, both inclusive, and township 29 from ranges 25 to 29 west, both inclusive.
The object of this motion is to bring under the operation of the pre-emption clause that portion of territory in the northern part of the province of Manitoba, at present available, in each township where there have not been eight sections of land taken np by the railway company. I may say that in this territory all the good prairie land has been covered by the railway grants, all the odd sections in the good prairie land have been taken by the railway companies. This clause would not apply to those townships, it would only apply to the portion of the country which at the present time is not taken, and which has not been settled. It would give an opportunity to people to buy at $3 per acre what you might call scrubby land, or land of second class quality, which will not be taken up for a number of years by homesteaders, but would be available for men who have a homestead in the locality, and who would probably take it up for pasture, or as wood land, or in connection with their present holdings. I make this motion in compliance with a request sent to me by people who live in that northern section. This clause leaves it open to any person to take up a pre-emption at $3 per acre in that territory which is at present unfit or undesirable for settlement.
Subtopic: DOMINION LANDS ACT AMENDMENT.