Charles Benjamin Howard
I am glad, Mr. Speaker, that someone on the other side says, "hear, hear." I do not speak for the government, but I want to tell the House that I think the great majority of hon. members are opposed to the consolidation of our railway with any other railway. I will go further and say that fifteen years from now, looking back on the speeches that have been delivered in this House and on what has appeared in our newspapers, we will wonder if the people were crazy even to discuss consolidation. I am satisfied that the Canadian National railway to-day is one of the best investments that Canada ever made. When we remember that that railway is hauling wheat to the coast to help our Progressive friends at from seven to nine cents a bushel less than American farmers have to pay, we must realize that our railway is doing something for Canada.