August 11, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

It was understood, in
all the discussion yesterday, that expropriation of land by the Government still remained under the Expropriation Act, and did not come under the purview of this Bill. I raised the discussion in regard to the right of a subject to sue the government railways in the ordinary courts of the land. When we come to examine the Railway Act, we find that no right is given by that Act to sue a railway company, and therefore if there is to be any change in the law as it stands to-day, it must be obtained by amending the Small Claims Act and not the Railway Act. A man sues a railway company by virtue of the common law of the land, but he receives, by virtue of the Railway Act of Canada, no authority nor assistance in bringing his action.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS ACT AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE.
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