The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) moved that Orders No. 30, Bill (No. 28) respecting Telegraph and Telephone Companies-Mr. Fitzpatrick ; No. 31, Bill (No. 120) to amend the Dominion Lands Act-Mr. Sifton ; No. 36, Bill (No. 104) to amend and consolidate the law respecting railways-Mr. Blair ; and No. 37, Bill (No. 146) for the settlement of railway labour disputes-Mr. Mulock, be discharged.
He said : I may say in reference to these two Bills, to amend and consolidate the law respecting railways and for the settlement of railway disputes, that they will be taken up again next session. The government, in introducing these Bills, did not intend to follow them up at the present session, but rather to give notice to the public, so that their features might be carefully considered, and perchance be ready to deal with them at the next session.
I may also take advantage of this opportunity to give an answer to numerous applications which have been made for assistance in railway construction. The government has determined not to ask parliament this year for any appropriations for that object. At the same time, we are not unmindful of the fact that railway development is