Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)
Early in 1950 the Hamilton harbour commissioners requested the government to amend their present act so that they could conduct amusement, recreational and other facilities on their lands in the city of Hamilton. At that time they forwarded to the Department of Transport a resolution passed by the city of Hamilton asking that the commission's act be amended so that they could take over and administer the filtering basins bathing beach lands, subject to easements for municipal services, and the land to be used as a public bathing beach.
The Hamilton Harbour Commissioners Act was passed in 1912. Under that act they were given the powers that are usually given to similar bodies authorized to operate
harbours. I do not think there has been an amendment to the act since, but in view of the fact that there was no authority in the act of 1912 to provide for this particular operation it is necessary to amend the act in order to give the commissioners the required authority. That is what the bill seeks to do.
Bill No. 196 seeks first of all to give to the commissioners powers to conduct amusements, recreation grounds, playgrounds and bathing beaches on certain lands therein set out, and also to borrow money for that purpose. Of course the other provisions of the act will remain in effect. There is also a clause in the bill which extends the provisions of the 1912 act relating to jurisdiction to the present bill. It is a very simple amendment. Similar authority was requested on one other occasion by the Toronto harbour commissioners who some time ago decided they would like to operate certain facilities for recreational purposes. They have done so, and I am told quite profitably. The city of Hamilton seeks the same advantage and facilities. I would think this is a very simple measure which would obtain the consent of the house.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING PURCHASE AND OPERATION OF AN AMUSEMENT PARK