The Bill is to amend a private Act, but it deals with a'public question. The whole object of chapter 139 of 4 and 5 Edward VII. is to regulate certain works and the public rights in regard to those works. The Interpretation Act provides that all Bills, whether private or otherwise, are considered public Bills. Section 18 of that Act reads in this way:
Every Act shall be so construed as to reserve to parliament the power of repealing or amending it, and of revoking, restricting or modifying any power, privilege or advantage thereby vested in or granted to any per-
son, whenever such repeal, amendment, revocation, restriction or modification is deemed by parliament to be required for the public good.
I do not wish to take up the time of the House, and if the Bill can be read the first time and be sent to the committee, I am quite willing to accept that situation.
Topic: ONTARIO AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPANY.