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

LIB

Marie Joseph Demers

Liberal

Mr. DEMERS:

While it is true that the railways are absolutely necessary to the country, it is also true that they operate under charters granted by this Parliament, and enjoy great privileges. 1 do not agree that it is easy to get a verdict against a railway company. It is almost impossible to prove negligence or improper equipment of engines. Then it must be remembered that $5,000 covers the total damage, no matter how many owners may suffer loss. A fire in Mississquoi county a few years ago burned an entire village and caused damage of more than $100,000, but under this Act if the law had been in existence at that time $5,000 is the total amount for which the company would have been responsible, and this amount would have been divided among all the property holders.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.
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