Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 113, to amend the Bills of Exchange Act.
He said: This is a .very simple amendment, but it is considered of very great importance from the point of view of the banking business of the country. It is to amend the present provision to the effect that no protest of a bill of exchange can take place until three o'clock in the afternoon by substituting half-past two. It is represented by the bankers generally that as a result of the large number of their employees who have been called away for military service, it is very difficult for them indeed to have the necessary work after the closing hour of the bank done in the day by the employees who are with them, and that it would mitigate that inconvenience very greatly if it were possible for them to close hanking hours at half-past two instead of three o'clock. If the House would be disposed to give consent to the introduction of the Bill without notice- which, of course, would imply the waiving of the rules as to the different readings-
I would beg for leave to introduce Bill No. 113, to amend the Bills of Exchange Act. Of course, I understand that if it cannot be dealt with in that way, it cannot be dealt with at all.