Since last evening I
have had an opportunity of carefully going over the proposed amendments of the Minister of Railways with an officer of his department, and so far as I am concerned- and I am speaking only for myself-the minister has met all the objections which I thought were properly raised, excepting probably the question as to whether the government railways would be liable to the imposition of a fine in case they refuse to obey the orders of the Board of Railway Commissioners. I realize that there are
difficulties in the way of imposing a fine upon His Majesty, and .also that pTobaJbly in ninety-nine oases out of a hundred, if the Board of Railway Commissioners passed an order that the government railways should do or refrain from doing a certain thing, they would carry out the order of the board. That matter is left open, . -and I have no opinion to offer upon it now other than what 1 have already offered. With that one exception, as I understand the *matter, the amendments moved by the Minister of Railways cover everything that was in dispute yesterday and bring the government railways practically under the control of the Dominion Railway Act.
Subtopic: CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE.