Province of Canada, Legislative Assembly, Scrapbook Debates, 8th Parl, 5th Sess, (12 June 1866)

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Date: 1866-06-12
By: Province of Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Province of Canada, Parliament, Scrapbook Debates, 8th Parl, 5th Sess, 1866 at 8.
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TUESDAY, June 12, 1866


The speaker took the Chair at three o’clock. The following bills were introduced, and read the first time. Second reading tomorrow.


By Mr. Dunkin – “The interest Act of 1866.”

By Mr. Bourassa – “Bill to fix the rate of the interest of money”

By Mr. Mackenzie (Lambton) – “Bill to amend and consolidate the several acts respecting the assessment of property in Upper Canada.”

By Mr. McKellar – “Bill to amend and consolidate the several acts respecting the Municipal Institutions of Upper Canada.”

By Mr. Bourassa – “Bill to amend Chapter 26 Con. Stat. Lower Canada respecting water courses.”

At half-past three the house adjourned to the Executive Council room, where His Excellency and Staff were in waiting to receive the Address in reply to the Speech from the Throne. The Speaker having read the Address in English and French,


His Excellency replied as follows:


Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House of Assembly, I thank you for your address, and I now commend, to your earnest consideration the important matters which will be immediately laid before you.


The members returned to the House, and the speaker took the Chair at four o’clock.


The Speaker laid before the House the estimates for the current year.


Hon. Mr. Galt moved that a supply be granted to her majesty. – Carried

Hon. Mr. Galt gave notice that he would move the House into Committee of Supply on Friday next.

Mr. Bourassa introduced a bill relating to watercourses.

Hon. Attorney General East gave several notices of motion, the purport of which was not heard in the Reporters’ Gallery.

Mr. Dunkin, in speaking to a motion for the adoption of a report presented last session, with reference to the business of the Private Bills Committee, explained, at some length, the inconveniences which beset the progress of private business in the House, and the means suggested to remove them. These were, to give our hour in two days of the week, and one whole sitting once a week exclusively to the despatch of private business. The motion was deferred until tomorrow.

Hon. Mr. Holton moved an address for correspondences relating to the proposed Union of the British North American Provinces. – Carried

Hon. Mr. Holton moved an Address for despatches on the defences of the Province. Some conversations took place on this motion between the Attorney General West and Mr. Holton, which did not reach the Gallery.

Attorney General MacDonald moved a Special Committee of fourteen members, to prepare and report lists of members to compose select standing committees. – Carried

The Committee reported forthwith, naming the Select Standing Committees of last Session, substituting the name of Mr. McMonies for that of the late Mr. Notman. – The report was carried.

Attorney General MacDonald announced that tomorrow, after routine business, he would move that the House do adjourn, out of respect to the memory of the late members of the House (the late Mr. Notman, of North Wentworth, and the late Mr. McKenzie, of North Oxford.)


The House adjourned at half-past four o’clock.

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