July 19, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

CON

William Smith

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILLIAM SMITH:

A great many. A farmer will not put up a valuable building to-day near a railway. The mutual companies -are refusing a great many otherwise good risks. I think there is a little in the [DOT]contention of the hon. member for Compton (Mr. Cromwell). I agree that we have to have the railways in the country and that we should deal-fairly with them because we are obligated in many ways to them. But the matter of insurance that my hon. friend the Minister of Customs (Mr. Reid) spoke of is a pretty hard one to deal with. I am connected with an insurance company, and we scarcely ever have a meeting of the board but we have to refuse -a risk which would otherwise be desirable because it is located near a line of railway.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.
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