Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice) moved that the House do go into committee to consider a proposed resolution respecting the Board of Railway Commissioners. He said : Before you leave the chair, I may venture to say a word or two in explanation of this resolution. I am sure there are a great many people in this country, and probably there are some in this House, who do not fully appreciate the extent and importance of the duties that have been assigned to the Board of Railway Commissioners by the Railway Act of 1903. In
that view I venture to trespass upon the attention of the House for a few moments while I attempt to explain some of the features of the Act which deal with the most important of these duties. Generally, the Board has control over all railroads in Canada with the exception of government railways, and with respect to those railways they control the incorporation and organization of the company, the location of the line, the construction of the railway, and its management and control after it is in operation.