If the vendors of the railway hold the right of running over the bridge from the separate company and they are transferring this right to the government surely the government would get the same right as that possessed by the vendors.
I want to understand the position clearly. If that is the case it would strike me that we should not make an absolute foreclosure of the rights of the bridge company ex parte, because this Bill is only dealing with the purchase of the railway from the railway company, including running rights over the bridge.
I would like to have some information from the hon. minister. Is there a contract between the government and the t>t. Mary's Railway Bridge Company in respect to this bridge, or has there been any understanding between the St. Mary's Railway bridge Company and the government in respect to this bridge ?
There has been none whatever. We are simply, by this Bill, declaring our rights. I think it would be very unfair for us to foreclose any rights they may have. I do not, as respecting the Department of Railways and Canals, recognize and I do not for a moment imagine that these people have any rights. I think that the amount of principal and interest against that bridge entirely precludes the St. Alary's Railway Bridge Company from making any claim and yet with the sense of justice which possesses me constrains me to come to the conclusion that it would I be very unfair for us to entirely shut them '