Mr. DOHERTY moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 213, to amend the Dominion Lands Act. He said:
The purpose of this Bill is to meet a condition that may be created by the passage of the Naturalization Bill, which is now before the House. By reason of the change in the new Bill as to the period of time required for naturalization, those who have taken up homesteads may find themselves at the end of the three years not in a position to get their patents because of their not yet being British subjects. This Bill contains but one section, which provides that a homesteader who has made entry before the coming into force of the new Naturalization Act, and who would be entitled to his patent under the law as it now stands, upon declaring his intention to become naturalized as soon as he is in a position to comply with the requirements of the new Act, shall be entitled upon that declaration of intention to receive his patent just as if he were a British subject.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.