February 23, 1949 (20th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

Mr. Chevrier: (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. In 1948 the first and only general freight rate increase was authorized on March 30, 1948, by the board of transport commissioners. The tariffs affected were "standard" and "special."
2. No other increases which required the prior authorization of the board of transport

commissioners. The railways, however, are constantly adjusting their tariffs filed with the board pursuant to the Railway Act to meet changing conditions.
3. Answered by 2.
4. (a) Some express rates to meet competition of highway transport were increased on September 15, 1948, and cover a large variety of commodities.
(b) Sleeping and parlour car fares.
5. (a) Answered by 4 (a).
(b) January 15, 1949.
6. (a) 15 per cent.
(b) Approximately 25 per cent.
7. No authority was required. Such rates and fares are lower than the "standard" rates and fares and, therefore, were filed in accordance with the provisions of sections 332 and 335 of the Railway Act.

Topic:   INCREASES IN FREIGHT RATES
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