this connection, that, while I have brought all the papers relating to this matter, I hope this will not be considered as establishing a precedent, because some of the papers are of a confidential character, being reports by the commanding officer upon the efficiency, &c., of officers under him. It is not usual to lay such papers upon the table of the House. I think that in this case it is absolutely necessary that it should be done, but I should deprecate the suggestion, if it were made, that this should be done in every case.
Motion agreed to.
ARBITRATION WITH THE GRAND ' TRUNK.
Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 152) respecting an arbitration between His Majesty and the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada. He said : The object of this Bill is to confer upon the arbitrators appointed to inquire into certain troubles that have arisen between the Grand Trunk Railway Company and the government certain powers mentioned in the Bill. These troubles arise under the contract respecting the acquisition by the Intercolonial of the old Grand Trunk from Riviere du Loup to Point Levis, or, rather, to a station called Hadlow, and to other difficulties that have arisen out of the operation, under the agreement made in 1898, of the line between Ste. Rosalie Junction and Montreal. These questions have been referred to arbitrators to be determined by them ; but it has been ascertaned that the arbitrators have not, under the deed of submission, the necessary power to examine witnesses under oath or to order the production of papers. In order to have a full and complete inquiry into the matters in dispute, it is necessary to have the powers mentioned in this Bill conferred upon the arbitrators.