April 13, 1928


Section agreed to. Sections 2 to 8 inclusive agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed.


REPORTED LANDING OF GERMAN PLANE "BREMEN" ON GREENLY ISLAND

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Before we proceed to the

next order, Mr. Speaker, the Minister of National Defence has received an important intimation which I think will be of special interest to all -hon. members of this house, and I would ask that he might now have permission to announce it.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

We have had so many rumours,

Mr. Speaker, that one almost hesitates to say anything with regard to the intrepid fliers who yesterday morning, started out from Ireland on a transatlantic flight to this continent, but this report which I have received seems to be reasonably official. It reads:

Plane forced down in snowstorm on Greenly island. Reported by Point Amour wireless station. Official. Lighthouse on island and keeper there to take care of fliers.

Upon looking at the map I find that Greenly is in the straits of Belle Isle, and it is rather significant to note that it is just over the Canadian line and in the province of Quebec.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

And not far from Gaspe, either.

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LOWER EAR FALLS STORAGE DAM


Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) moved the second reading of Bill No. 195, to facilitate the provision of storage in Lac Seul in the province of Ontario, and to repeal the Lake of the Woods Regulation Act, 1921. Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and1 the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Johnston in the chair. Section 1 agreed to.



Lower Ear Falls Storage Dam On section 2-Agreement' binding, and governor in council authorized to carry out its provisions.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Is the agreement signed

by the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

Manitoba

is really not a signatory. The federal government signed on behalf of Manitoba, but the province, of course, was in agreement.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I know that in most

things the federal government claims the right to the mines, for instance, minerals, and water-powers of the province, whether Manitoba likes it or not, but in this case it says that the agreement was signed by Premier Bracken.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

That is

correct; I beg my hon. friend's pardon. In this case we all signed.

Section 2 agreed to.

Sections 3 to 5 inclusive agreed to.

Bill reported.

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DOMINION LANDS ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) moved the second reading of Bill No. 199 to amend the Dominion Lands Act. Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Power in the chair. On section 1-Entry in southern part of Saskatchewan and Alberta.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

What is the effect of

this?

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Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

In 1923 we

amended the Dominion Lands Act giving the right to homestead within what was known as restricted area "A" on all the lands south of township 31 in Saskatchewan and Alberta. We extended the privilege of homesteading to the sons of farmers residing with their fathers on lands under the provisions of the Dominion Lands Act nine miles from the homestead. This privilege is subject to the discretion of the minister. It is found that all who could do so have taken advantage of the amendment, and it is now proposed to extend the privilege to any applicant. At a later date another amendment provided for the granting of a second homestead to an individual living within area "A" south of 31 if he appeared before the proper authority with the recommendation of the minister of agriculture of the provincial government. There

has been considerable agitation to extend this privilege to all those who have proved up and patented their land prior to this year. Of course, the privilege will not be extended to individuals who have homesteaded for the second time; but if they have proved up and are desirous of securing another homestead they will be granted the privilege, a number of homesteaders having sons who are desirous of moving into newer localities. That is the main idea underlying the bill.

Then' we have made a slight change with respect to the sale of school lands.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

For what reason?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

Formerly

we had the right to sell, subject to the approval of the provincial governments, land for any project-reservoir, church, cemetery or hospital sites-but in the case of agricultural societies we could only grant leases. Frequently they establish their agricultural grounds on school lands, but their tenure being only leasehold they cannot erect buildings on the site, and they are asking that they be given the privilege to purchase the land in fee, always of course, subject to the approval of the provincial government. Then in section 39 we are amending the act to revert to the old principle of requiring one-tenth of the purchase money to be paid down at the date of sale of school lands, for the reason that many people took advantage of the small initial payment of one-twentieth, failed to pay the balance, and after allowing the land to become so full of weeds as to be a menace to the surrounding district, abandoned their holding. While we are not changing the rate of interest we think we had better revert to the old principle of requiring ,the larger initial payment rather than one-twentieth of the purchase price. These are virtually all the changes proposed in the bill.

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PRO

John Evans

Progressive

Mr. EVANS:

Does this privilege of the

second homestead run all the way across Saskatchewan from east to west down to township 16?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

The amendments proposed here allow anyone to apply for the second homestead. It is not confined

to a limited area, as it was before.

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April 13, 1928