The section providing that clause 247 of the Railway Act shall apply to the works and undertakings of the company. _ That is subsection 3 of section 6 of the Bill as reported. That section was inserted for the express purpose of protecting the rights of municipalities and was accepted by the promoters of the Bill. The section provides that when any company is empowered by special Acts of the parliament of Canada, to construct or operate lines for the conveyance of light, heat, power or electricity it may, with the consent of the municipal council, or other authorities having jurisdiction over any highway, &c., enter thereon. And subsection 8 says:
Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to authorize the company to exercise the powers therein mentioned for the purpose of selling or distributing light, heat, power or electricity in cities, towns or villages without the company having first obtained consent therefore by a by-law of the municipality.
That being the case, the rights and privileges of Montreal and all the other municipalities are absolutely safeguarded. Another word or two with regard to tome of the provisions. When the Bill first came in, there was nothing to control the rates, but we added a clause which gives the control to the Board of Railway Commissioners. The Bill, as it left the Private Bills Committee, is entirely different from the original measure.
My hon. friend from Peel (Mr. Blain) has spoken about the opinion of the Commission for the Conservation of Natural Resources and he read a portion of a letter addressed by the Hon. Mr. Sifton, chairman of that commission, to the chairman of the Private Bills Committee. I propose to read that letter of which my hon. friend gave a part.