April 10, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

My answer is the same as in the other case. There have been no negotiations. With regard to the main feature of the Bill, I have simply to observe, in answer to my hon. friend for Carleton (Mr. II. L. Borden) and my hon. friend from South Lanark (Mr. Haggart), that the Bill simply gives power to the government to acquire running rights over the Canada Atlantic system from Montreal to Cdteau and from Coteau over the Canada Atlantic to Georgian bay. And it provides nothing else. It is not the intention of the government, at the present time, to run the Intercolonial up to Georgian bay and organize the system, but we take the power to acquire running rights, and then, if they are to be exercised, the terms are to be fixed by the Railway Commission. At present the Railway Commission has not jurisdiction over the Intercolonial. We take these powers, to use or not use as may seem wise.

Topic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-RUNNING
Subtopic:   RIGHTS OYER CANADA ATLANTIC RAILWAY.
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