Mr. D. C. FRASER (Guysborough) moved :
That the petition of the Alexander Gibson Ra.lway and Manufacturing Company presented this day, for leave to present a petition for an Act, be read and received, and referred to the Committee on Standing Orders.
He said: I might explain to the House
the reason for this motion. This company, which does business in the province of New Brunswick, are operating a railway, which they got power from this parliament in 1898 to take over. Being a provincial corporation, they believed that the legislature of New Brunswick had power to authorize the separation of the railway from the manufacturing business, and that they could obtain an Act from that legislature for -such a purpose; but they have recently been advised that it will be necessary or advisable to obtain an Act of the parliament of Canada for that purpose. They find now that they cannot work the two very well together, and by the time they learned that it would be necessary to come to this House, the time for presenting petitions had expired. All they want now, with the full consent of the shareholders, is to have provision made simply for running the railway under a separate company from the other business. Under these exceptional circumstances, I trust that the House will grant them the privilege of introducing this petition and having it go to the committee.