May 2, 1904


House in Committee on Bill (No. 43) respecting the Quebec and Lake Huron Railway Company.-Mr. Malouin. On section 3,


CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

What is the meaning of this section? I was not before the committee, and did not hear it explained. Perhaps the hon. gentleman in charge of the Bill, or the chairman of the Railway Committee will kindly explain.

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LIB

Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

I have sent for the statutes that I may see what the Acts are that are referred to in this section. I would suggest that we report progress on the Bill and ask leave to sit again this day.

Progress reported.

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INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY BRIDGE COMPANY OF NEW BRUNSWICK.


House in committee on Bill (No. 57) respecting the International. Rail way Bridge Company of New Brunswick-Mr. Chas. Marcll. On section 1,


LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. CHAS. MARCIL.

This should be Robert instead of Richard Noble and I move that the section be amended accordingly.

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Motion agreed to. On section 6,


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Mr. CHAS@

MARCIL moved to strike out the word ' five ' and insert the word 'nine.'

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Motion agreed to. On section 7,


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I cannot understand the effect of the amendment to this section.

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LIB

Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

It makes it compulsory upon the company instead of being permissive.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

I would ask the hon. gentleman if this company receives any of the old bridges from the Intercolonial.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. CHAS. MARCIL.

This bridge is proposed to be erected at a point some twenty miles east of the Metapedia bridge. The intention here is to connect the county of Bonaventure with the town of Campbellton, The promoters of the Bill are the men who are now building the International Railway of New Brunswick, formerly the Restigouche and Western Railway. They have given the name of International to the bridge in order to harmonize with the name of the railway, but it is really an interprovincial brdge. Mr. Shanly the engineer, has gone over the ground and reports that the bridge will be a very expensive one, his estimate being $520,000. The bridge will be 3,300 feet long, with 14 spans, 200 feet each, resting on 14 pillars with two abutments. There are two channels, one on each side df the river. Over the south channel there will be a span 240 feet long, and 40 feet high to permit the passage of boats ; there will be a drawbridge on the Quebec side. I may say that the project is immensely popular in that country, and if it ever goes through, it will be one of the most important works ever performed. It will bring the whole Gaspe peninsula in touch with New Brunswick and with the American market.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

There were two or three spans of old Intercolonial bridges which the hon. gentleman wished to use for a bi-idge for the benefit of people in this district, and I did not know whether this was the bridge on which they proposed to use! the old spans.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. CHAS. MARCIL.

The old project of utilizing the Intercolonial Railway bridge at Matapedia has not been accomplished yet. The Canadian Bridge Company which has the contract has put up two spans of the

new bridge and left three of the old. An Order in Council has been passed giving the old bridge to the governments of Quebec and New Brunswick, they assuming the additional cost. The province of New Brunswick, which realized the importance of the work, at once passed an, Order in Council accepting the offer and a statement was made to that effect in the legislature of that province on behalf of the provincial government, the other day. Unfortunately Quebec is called upon at the present moment to erect a second bridge over the Matapedia river which is just one mile distant. That being the more urgent caSe, it has undertaken to build that bridge first. As this bridge can be of no use on the Intercolonial Railway or on Prince Edward Island Railway I hope the government can see its way to permitting its use at this point.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I would suggest to the promoter of this Bill the advisability of changing the name of the company, not to call it the International Railway Bridge Company but to call it the Intel-provincial Railway Bridge Company. It is true that it will connect with what is known as the International Railway which crosses the St. John river and joins with the Bangor and Aristook Railway. But this bridge will also connect with the Intercolonial Railway at Campbellton and it will connect on the' Bonaventure side with the Atlantic and Lake Superior Railway. Why it should be given the name of the International Bridge Company I cannot quite understand beyond the fact that there is an International Railway Company there. But, there are other railways and it should not have this particular ear mark any more than it should be called the Intercolonial Railway or the Atlantic and Lake Superior. It seems to me that the name, ' interprovincial ' more clearly describes the character of the bridge because it will connect the province of Quebec witli the province of New Brunswick.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. CHAS. MARCIL.

I have no objection to changing the name. This name was suggested by the promoters because * international ' is the name of their railway. The name 'interprovincial' more accurately describes the bridge than ' international.'

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LIB

Peter Macdonald (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER.

On the motion that the Bill be passed, the title can be amended.

Bill reported.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. CHAS. MARCIL moved :

That Bill (No. 57) entitled 'An Act to incorporate the International Railway Bridge Company of New Brunswick ' do now pass and that the title thereof be not as reported by the Committee of the Whole House, but that the title be entered on the 'order paper as ' An Act to incorporate the Interprovincial Railway Bridge Company of New Brunswick.'

Motion agreed to ; Bill read the third time and passed. .

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LIB

May 2, 1904