The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 149) to amend the Land Titles Act, 1894. He said: This Bill deals with the registration of properties in the North-west Territories, and is intended to remove certain small technical difficulties in the working of the Act. The first clause is to make clear the meaning of section 87. There has already been one amendment but there appears to be a difference of opinion between some members of the legal profession and the judiciary in regard to the effect of the clause. It appears to have the effect as drafted, of preventing the owner himself with dealing with property which he has authorized an attorney to deal with, while the power of attorney is still registered. This will make it clear that the owner can deal with the property as well as the person appointed by power of attorney. Clause 2 is to save the owner of land unnecessary expense in obtaining a certificate of title in lieu of one which has been destroyed. It does away with the necessity of advertising.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.