The purpose of this bill is to transfer from parliament to the Exchequer Court of Canada jurisdiction in respect of divorce cases on the part of persons residing in the two provinces in Canada in which there are no divorce courts. The jurisdiction as to alimony, care of children and other matrimonial causes, will remain in the provincial courts of those two provinces. This bill does not change the grounds for divorce. It does not establish divorce courts in Quebec or Newfoundland, nor does it make available to persons residing in those provinces anything not now available to' them. It merely transfers the hearing of divorce petitions of persons residing in those two provinces from parliament to the Exchequer Court of Canada.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: EXCHEQUER COURT TO HAVE JURISDICTION IN ACTIONS ORIGINATING IN QUEBEC AND NEWFOUNDLAND