Mr. O. E. TALBOT.
I beg to move, seconded by Mr. Marcil, of Bonaventure :
That Bill (No. 120) respecting the Montreal Terminal Railway 'Company be referred back to the Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines for further consideration.
He said : In respectfully asking the
House permission to refer this Bill back to the Railway Committee, I hope I will be allowed to give a few words of explanation. AVhen this Bill was printed the name of Mr. Demers, of Iberville, was by error put on the back of it. I was asked by the promoters of the Bill to take charge of it. When I left Ottawa for camp, it was agreed and understood that this Bill would not come up in the Railway Committee before Thursday, July 14. I returned from camp on Monday, was called down to Montreal by telegram on Tuesday, and much to my surprise when I returned Wednesday afternoon I was toid that the Bill had been thrown out on Wednesday morning by the Hailway Committee. I was not present in the Railway Cornmit-216J
tee, but I have heard that strong objection had been taken to the Bill on account of the further and extensive powers asked by the company, and that if the promoters had been satisfied with asking an extension of time to enable them to go on with their work and carry out the powers already granted them by parliament there would have been no objection. I have had an opportunity of seeing several members who voted against the Bill in the committee, and they have told me that they are now prepared to support any motion for further consideration, provided clauses 1, 2 and 3 are dropped, and that the only clause submitted for consideration will be that referring to the extension of time. I have every (reason to believe that if the House is good enough to grant this motion, it will meet with general approval.