I understood my hon. friend to indicate that he had information from the coal men in the maritime provinces that they would be prepared to supply coal cheaper than it is now supplied. Does he say so ? And if he does, would he be good enough to give the name of the company ?
My hon. friend ought not to make a statement which he is unwilling to back up. Is he in a position to state that any coal company in Nova Scotia has intimated to him that it will be in a position to supply coal cheaper than it is now being supplied ; and if so, will he give the name of that company ?
The point involved in this Bill is that this railway having been declared one for the general advantage of Canada, it declares that from the date of the passage of the Bill providing for that the company owming the railway has corporate rights and powers. This parliament alone is seized with the jurisdiction to deal with this railway in this declaratory way. That is the view of the subcommittee, and that view was shared by the hon. member for Norfolk (Mr. Tisdale), who drafted the amendment- made to the third clause, and by the hon. member for Beauharnois (Mr. Bergeron), who were members of that committee.