Province of Canada, Legislative Council, 8th Parl, 4th Sess (9 September 1865)

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Date: 1865-09-09
By: Province of Canada (Parliament), The Quebec Daily Mercury
Citation: “Provincial “Parliament. Legislative Council. The Quebec Daily Mercury (11 September 1865).
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(Reported for the Mercury.)


Saturday, 9th Sept., 1865.

The SPEAKER took the chair at three o’clock.

After routine—


A message was announced from the Assembly with the following bids, which were read a first time and ordered for a second reading at the next stirring of the House:—

Bill in reference to the qualification of Justices of the Peace.

Bill to amend the Act incorporating the Mutual Insurance Association of the Fabriques of the Dioceses of Quebec, Three Rivers, Montreal, and St. Hyacinthe.


A message was also announced from the Assembly with the Bill for abolishing the death penalty in certain cases. The Bill having been read a first time—

Hon. Sir. N. F. BELLEAU said, with the consent of the House, in consideration of the importance of this Bill, he would move its second reading at once, so that it might be referred to a Committee of the Whole at the next sitting of the House.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time and ordered to be brought up in Committee of the Whole at the next sitting.


A Bill to amend the Insolvent Act of 1864, also from the Assembly, was read a first time and ordered for a second reading on Monday.


Hon. Mr. CURRIE moved—“That an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Governor General, praying that His Excellency will be pleased to cause to be laid before this House a copy of the Petition of the Township of Thorold in the County of Welland, respecting a certain Bridge in the said Township constructed by Board of Works, and copies of all correspondence on the subject of such Bridge between the Department of Public Works and the said Township, and other parties, and all officers of the said Department, and the report of such officer or officers, made during the present year.”—carried.


Hon. Mr. CHRISTIE next moved—“That an humble Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General, praying that His Excellency will be pleased to cause to be laid before this House copies of all correspondence which may have taken place since the beginning of last Session, between the Government of this Province and the British Government with Her Majesty’s Representative at Washington in relation to the Reciprocity Treaty.” In support of this motion, the hon. Member said the subject to which it referred was one of serious interest to the Province, and it was not unreasonable to suppose that the people were anxious to learn what steps had been taken, what progress had been made in the negotiations for the renewal of the Treaty. He did not desire to throw any obstacles in the way, nor to be unduly inquisitive, at an improper time, and under those circumstances, he had put the making of his motion off to the present period with the view of getting the fullest information.

Hon. Mr. CAMPBELL said there was no objection to the motion. He quite appreciated the spirit which actuated his hon. friend in making it. All the correspondence that existed on the subject would be brought down, but, at the same time, he (Mr. Cambell) did not think it well for hon. members to assume that the papers would disclose the exact position to which the negotiations had advanced. The Government were fully impressed with the importance of a removal of the treaty, and he had satisfaction of assuring the House that nothing they could do in the matter would be left undone. They were anxious to adapt that course which seemed to them best calculated to assure the continuance of the treaty. The progress that had been made, however, he repeated would not fully appear by the papers.
The motion was then put and carried.


Hon. Mr. BUREAU moved the second reading of this Bill and explained that its object was to compel sellers and buyers all over the Province to transact business so far as weighing and measuring were concerned upon a uniform principle. The bushed of various cereals was designated in lbs. by the bill and when there was no understanding which could be proved that the grain was to be brought or sold by measurement, the quantity in pounds stated in said bill as forming a bushed was to be taken as a rule. This would obviate many disputes and misunderstandings.

A light skirmishing debate followed which afforded considerable merriment to the member, the large majority being of the opinion that the bill amounted to mere waste paper since there was already a law upon the statue book regulating and in almost the same words the very translations to which it referred.

Hon. Mr. SANBORN thought it was a very innocent measure and that it could do no harm other than overlaying the subject with useless words. Certainly no good purpose could be served by the bill.

Messers, Flint, Perry, Belleau and others opposed it as a piece of purposeless pottering with the laws, and it was stated that the soul was taken out of the bill in the Assembly and the corpse sent to the Council for burial or something to the effect.

Hon. Mr. FLINT moved thereupon that the bill be read this fay three months which was agreed to 28 to 16 to the evident satisfaction of Hon. Mr. Bureau himself who had charge of it but who laughed over its demolition as hearty as anybody else.

This was the only bill on the paper and the House then adjourned.

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