Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)
If the debate on the address had not ended so soon, thanks to my hon. friend, I had intended to have the bill ready as practically the first legislation to be dealt with. There will be a little delay, but I can assure my hon. friend that the bill will be down very speedily indeed; I think I can promise it by early next week at the latest. On behalf of the government I shall not object to this bill going to the railway committee, but I may frankly say that I shall oppose its passage, restricting as it does the application of the principle to which its sponsor refers to one institution only, when, if there is anything in the principle, surely it should be applied generally. Of course I cannot discuss in advance the legislation which the government intends to bring down, but I can assure the house that it will be of a general character, and will not single out any particular institution or class of institutions.
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