Han. H. R. EMMERSON (Minister of Railways and Canals).
A pension scheme, prepared by a joint committee of the management and employees of the Iiilcn'olonlal Railway was presented during the present session of parliament to the Minister of Railways, and he gave the matter consideration and study, with the result that a Bill was drawn up, and the data as to the employees of the road, furnished by the Railway Department, as respects both the Intercolonial and Prince Edward Island Railway, was submitted to an actuary for cpmputation as to results. The work of the actuary and his assistants took up about two months of time. The final report of the actuary was only received by the Minister of Railways about a week ago. The Bill and report of the actuary have been submitted to the government for consideration ; but owing to the extreme lateness of the session it has been deemed impracticable to undertake to
have the proposals laid before parliament this year. A Bill will be introduced at the next session of parliament, providing that l>ensions may he paid to officials and employees of the permanent staff of the government railways who have rendered long and faithful services, and who attain to such an age as will necessitate their relief, and for those who become permanently incapacitated or disabled, and generally for the purpose of promoting efficiency in the railway service.