Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following resolution:
That it is expedient to introduce a measure to increase the amount to be appropriated for the railway grade crossing fund from $200,000 to $500,000 each year for nine years, commencing on the first day of April, 1948,
The object of this resolution is to increase from 8200,000 to 8500,000 the amount paid into the grade crossing fund. Last year, 1947, there was passed an amendment to the Railway Act which provided for the payment into the railway grade crossing fund for a period of ten years an annual amount of 8200,000. It has been thought advisable in 1948 to increase the payment from 8200,000 to 8500,000, because there are many projects now before the board of transport commissioners, involving large grants from the fund. It was felt that, with the grade crossing fund standing at the amount at which it was during the greater part of 1947, and again in 1948, the appropriation should be increased. There are, of course, special votes which are made from time to time by the house, which have to do with special projects involving grade crossing features.
This resolution will seek not only to increase the appropriation to the grade crossing fund but to amend the Railway Act in perhaps three or four different ways. They are amendments which have to do with the construction of
cables under highways, with giving to the board the same powers in all municipalities which it has in towns and cities, and two other minor amendments which I need not discuss until we are in committee on the bill.