Mr. J. D. REID.
But the road I refer to between Prescott and Ottawa has not got a separate superintendent or separate shops Mr. EMMERSON.
or anything of that kind, yet its accounts are kept separate, and this does not necessitate any extra officials in any shape or form. Its accounts are kept separate in order that the Canadian Pacific Railway shareholders may know whether the purchase of that branch is a paying investment or not. I do not see why the same thing should not be done on the branches of the Intercolonial Railway. There is no reason why the same superintendent at Moncton should not operate this particular branch. In fact, it ought to be operated more cheaply than when it was an independent line, because then it had a superintendent of its own and special car shops, whereas now it is managed by the general superintendent of the Intercolonial Railway, and its repairs are done in the car shops of the government line. But there is no reason why separate accounts should not be kept of its operating expenses and revenue, so that we might know the result of this investment by the government. According to the statement of the minister last year, the profits on this Canada Eastern were practically nil, and I can quite understand that the result this year will be much worse, but it would be interesting to the country to know what that result actually is.
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