§ Order for the Lords' Amendments to be considered, read.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. CHURCHILL,) Manchester, N.W.
said the first, which was inserted at the desire of the Federal Government, was introduced in order to embody in the schedule the Address of the Colonial Premiers which led up to this Bill. As to the other Amendment, the Bill provided for the payment of grants to certain provinces of Canada according as their population increased. Prince Edward's Island was the only province with a decreasing population, but it was protected by an Order in Council against losing any grant through a decrease of population. Under this Amendment that province would retain that position, while benefiting from any increase of population.
§ Lords' Amendments agreed to.