Mr. Fernand Viau (St. Boniface):
Mr. Speaker, as the representative of St. Boniface, the city which has been concerned with this matter since 1912, in respect of having two commissioners as members of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission, and also following what I was asked by the commissioners last year and again a few months ago to bring to this house-an amendment affecting the quorum of this corporation-I was surprised indeed to read in full the bill submitted by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre asking for the consolidation of the acts respecting the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission.
If one would read the words pronounced in this house in 1912 and in 1938-mostly in 1912-when an application was made to this house for the establishment of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission, one would find that the trade on the Red river was from two points in the cities of Winnipeg and St. Boniface alone.
Later on, in the amendment which was introduced here in 1938, it was requested that the new municipalities contiguous to both cities of Winnipeg and St. Boniface but lying along the Red river could on application elect a representative to this commission. But if the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre had read carefully the bill asking for the formation of a Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission he would have noticed that the amendment of 1938 would include the municipalities contiguous to the city of Winnipeg or the city of St. Boniface, whose limits were lying along the Red river.
There is a contradiction there between the two sections because, after all, the powers of the commission cover all waters within both cities. That takes in the Assiniboine river, the Seine river and, of course, the Red river which, at the time of the introduction of the bill in 1912, was the main trading route from the United States of America up to lake Winnipeg. The amendment of 1938 refers to all municipalities contiguous to the city of Winnipeg or the city of St. Boniface. They
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Winnipeg and St. Boniface Harbour already have the power to elect a representative on the commission, but in view of the wording of the act it would only mean the municipalities of St. Vital, Fort Garry, East Kildonan and West Kildonan, which are the only municipalities contiguous both to the city of Winnipeg and the city of St. Boniface.
On the other hand, if you take all municipalities lying along the Red river it would include St. James and the town of Tuxedo on the west side and North Kildonan and Springfield on the east side. Their powers would cover that portion of the Red river between the northern and the southern boundaries of each respective municipality to the centre point of the Red river. With the act as it stands I do not see how the municipalities of Tuxedo, St. James and North Kildonan could have the area within the northern and southern boundaries of their municipalities running to the centre line of the Red river become part of the territory under the jurisdiction of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission.
As I said, Mr. Speaker, it is not a consolidation of the acts that should have been requested but a full revision of the statutes as they now stand. For that reason I oppose the bill for the time being.
Topic: WINNIPEG AND ST. BONIFACE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS CONSOLIDATION OF EXISTING STATUTES