This is the same bill I have introduced on previous occasions. Its purpose is to free parliament from the necessity of processing individual divorce cases, and at the same time to put an end to any agitation for the establishing of divorce courts in provinces where they are not wanted.
The bill simply transfers the hearing of Quebec and Newfoundland divorce petitions from parliament to the Exchequer Court of Canada. I should add, however, that it has in it the express provision that the Exchequer Court of Canada shall exercise its right to hear divorce cases only at the city of Ottawa.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: EXCHEQUER COURT TO HAVE JURISDICTION IN ACTIONS ORIGINATING IN QUEBEC AND NEWFOUNDLAND