Although the Canadian Northern railway Iras many important branches in the East, that road is essentially a western road. It is a western road in its inception, and most of its lines are in the West. I wish to place on record a strong hope and desire that, whoever the arbitrators may be who are appointed to do this work, at least one of them will be selected from Western Canada.
I wish to refer for a moment to some of the remarks made by the hon, member for Huntingdon (Mr. Robb) who certainly was not very familiar with the facts. If I understood the hon. gentleman aright, he said that he never knew additional railways to cause lower freight Tates. There is one instance of that, and that is the Canadian Northern. Every one from Western Can-
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ada knows that tire building of the Canadian Northern in Western Canada had a very great deal to do with the lowering of the freight rates to farmers and others in that part of the country. He also' referred to the telephone system of Manitoba. While that question may have nothing to do with the acquisition of the Canadian Northern railway, his facts were not correct in respect to that telephone system as he proved later on in his address. No other province in Canada to-day has a telephone system that is giving greater satisfaction that the telephone system of Manitoba. The hon. gentleman said that he was prepared to advocate increased freight rates for the reason that labour and everything-else that enter into the carrying on of railways to-day cost more than they did a few years ago. He said that the telephone-rates in Manitoba were higher to-day than they were a few years ago. That may be the case, but the citizens of Manitoba are today finding no fault with the bargain made by the Roblin Government in connection with the telephones of that province, and if it costs a little more to conduct the telephone system in that province to-day than it did five or six years ago, the reason is exactly the same as that given by the hon. member for Huntingdon why the freight rates should be increased, namely; that it costs more-and that is a question I need not elaborate-to run either freight trains or telephone systems to-day than it did a few years ago. I simply hope my request will not be overlooked, that one of those arbitrators may be selected from Western Canada.
Topic: CANADIAN RAILWAY SITUATION.
Subtopic: CONSIDERATION OF CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY BILL RESUMED IN COMMITTEE-RULE 1TB APPLIED.