Mr. SAMUEL BARKER (Hamilton).
Mr. Speaker, I was not present when the hon. member for North Norfolk (Mr. Charlton)
made his speech, but, I understand that he made some reference to running powers and sought to refute the statement made by the ex-Minister of Railways and Canals (Hon. Mr. Blair) yesterday on that subject. The hon. Minister 'of Finance (Hon. Mr. Fielding) has alluded to the same matter this evening, and I desire to say that I think the hon. member for North Norfolk has hardly been candid with the House in the reference he made to certain railways which are exercising running powers in Ontario. The hon. gentleman alluded particularly to the Wabash, a railway exercising running powers for a couple of hundred miles over the Grand Trunk Railway, but the hon. gentleman neglected to tell the House that while the Wabash is exercising running powers it does not do and it is not allowed to do local traffic. All that the company has power to do is to carry through traffic from the Detroit river to the Niagara river and if the hon. gentleman in his county wanted to send a ton of traffic to any point in Canada he could not send it by the Wabash although this road is exercising running powers.
Subtopic: NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.