Alan Webster Neill
Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Albemi):
The terms of this bill seem to be reasonable and appropriate enough, though perhaps section 2 is rather difficult to understand. In the discussion of the resolution on which this bill is founded the minister made a statement in connection with band funds that I was pleased to hear, which apparently indicated the intention of the department to abandon a system about which I have often complained in the past in connection with the handling of band funds. But there is nothing about it in the act itself, and I have learned by experience that it is not what the minister says but what the act states that counts. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to take that up when the house is in committee.
There is one other point I should like to mention. I am not anxious at this time of year to see any delay in legislation, but possibly it is better to bring up this point now instead of later on, after we have taken
more time on the matter. The resolution on which this bill is founded was considered by the committee of the whole, as all such resolutions must be considered, and was passed on Thursday, April 7. The minister moved that the house go into committee of the whole to consider the resolution, which concluded with these words:
-the outstanding advances at any time not to exceed $350,000.
Then in the discussion of the resolution itself, at page 3349, the minister said that the amount was not to exceed a total of $350,000. That phrase occurs again and again, but when the bill is brought down it indicates an expenditure of half a million dollars. I should like to ask the minister or the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) whether that would not upset the legality of the bill and make it necessary to reintroduce it later on. I should think it would be better to have that changed now, because I understand it is not in order to increase by a large sum the amount authorized under the hand of his excellency when the measure is brought in.
Subtopic: PROVISIONS RESPECTING LEASES OF MINERALIZED
Sub-subtopic: AREAS AND ADVANCES TO ASSIST AGRICULTURE AND OTHER PURSUITS