Mr. W. F. MACLEAN (South York).
Mr. Chairman, I wish to read a resolution in regard to this Ottawa Electric Bill which was passed by the municipal council of the city of Toronto. I have received the following: letter :
City Clerk's Office, Toronto, Feb. 14, 1905.
Dear Sir,-I have the honour by direction of his worship the mayor to forward herewith a copy of a resolution which was adopted by the city council at its meeting held on the 13th instant, as follows :
Whereas, the city of Ottawa entered into certain agreements with the Metropolitan Railway Company of Ottawa, Limited, and with the Consumers Electric Company, Limited, respectively, in which it was provided that the said companies should not at any time during a period provided in the said agreement, amalgamate or combine with any other company or companies carrying on or which might thereafter carry on in the said city of Ottawa a business for supplying electricity for the purpose of supplying power, light or heat, nor should the said company or companies enter into any contract, agreement or arrangement with any other such company for such purpose, or that should have such effect, nor should the said companies enter into any contract, agreement or arrangement with any such other company for the purpose, or that might have the effect of creating a monopoly for the business, of supplying electricity for the purposes aforesaid without the permission of the council of the corporation of the city of Ottawa to be expressed by by-law ;
And whereas, the Ottawa Electric Company are by Bill No. 12 seeking legislation at the present session of the Dominion parliament at Ottawa which will enable them to purchase the stock of the said Metropolitan and the said Consumers Companies and thus become the owners thereof, and, by so doing, avoid the. said agreements ;
And whereas, it is desirable that the agreements, intererts and vested rights of municipalities should be respected and preserved, and, the passing of the proposed legislation will, ia the opinion of this council, vitally affect the vested rights and interests of the city of Ottawa and destroy the purposes of the said agreements ;
Be it resolved, that this council does most respectfully petition the parliament of Canada to resist and prevent the passage of the said legislation, and does most respectfully request the members of the city of Toronto to oppose it.
Your obedient servant,
Subtopic: THE OTTAWA ELECTRIC COMPANY.