April 26, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Samuel Barker

Conservative (1867-1942)


With regard to the point made by the hon. member for Halton, I

agree with the hon. gentleman who has just spoken. This Bill is simply an enabling Bill so far as the Dominion company is concerned ; it enables the Dominion company to purchase. It does not profess to enable the provincial company to sell. Therefore, so far as the Bill goes, it is quite within our powers. The point raised by the hon. leader of the opposition, which he raised before he saw the amendment, which is not printed, has reference to the operation of the local railway after it is acquired. I recollect suggesting that point in the Railway Committee, and I think the hon. gentleman in charge of the Bill agreed to it and inserted some words in the second clause providing that the local railway should be operated under the Dominion laws. The rest of the powers must be obtained from the local legislature. We have no power over the local company, and this Bill does not profess to exercise any power over it.

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