Hon. J. D. REID (acting Minister of Railways) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 196, respecting ithe Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the GTand Trunk Railway Company of Canada, and the Toronto Harbour Commissioners. He said:
I have a memorandum here prepared by the deputy minister explaining this Bill, and perhaps the reading of that will be the briefest explanation I could give to the House of this measure:
In the Toronto Viaduct Act of 1913, chapter 11, 3-4 George V., the description of the property which may be expropriated is given as follows:
All or any lands and lands covered by water in the city of Toronto lying within the district south of the existing right of way of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company from Yonge street east to the prolongation southerly of Berkeley street and south of the existing right of way of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada from the prolongation southerly of Berkeley street east to Cherry street and extending out to the present Windmill line, and also a strip of land not exceeding one hundred and fifty feet in width, immediately south of the Windmill line and extending from the prolongation of Parliament street in the west to Cherry street in the east.
On February 25, 1914, the general solicitor of the Grand Trunk Railway system wrote as follows:
We have just discovered that there is a mistake in the description of the lands referred to in the Toronto Viaduct Act, that is, chapter 11 of the Statutes of 1913. The mistake is caused by the draughtsman thinking that the Windmill line terminates at Cherry street instead of Parliament street. The result of that the lands described have no southerly boundary between Parliament and Cherry streets. In co-operation, therefore, with the Canadian Pacific railway, I have re-drafted the Act with a correct description and we have thought it more convenient to have a new Act instead of amending the Act of last year. I inclose copy of draft Bill and have omitted from it the clause providing for the Act being brought into force by proclamation.
The description of the property as described by the proposed Bill is as follows:
All or any lands and lands covered by water in the city of Toronto lying within the areas bounded on the west by the easterly limit of Yonge street, on the north by the southerly limit of the existing right of way of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company from Yonge street eastward to the easterly limit of Berkeley street, and by the southerly limit of the existing right of way of the Grand Trunk Railway Company from the aforesaid limit of Berkeley street eastward to the southerly prolongation of the limit between lots 8 and 9 on the south side of Mill street, formerly Front street, according to a plan of the Toronto hospital property filed number 108 in the registry office for the said city, on the east by the said southerly prolongation of the limit between the said lots 8 and 9, and on the south by a line drawn along the southerly limits of water lots granted by the Crown to Gooderham and Worts and to William Good-erham, and by the new or present Windmill line, such boundary limits of the lands of the Crown. Also the whole or any part of the northerly one hundred and fifty feet of the lands and lands covered by water, granted to the National Iron Works, Limited, by the said city of Toronto, by deed dated the 21st day of August, 1909.
The draft Bill has been approved by the Canadian Pacific Railway Cumpany, the Grand Trunk Railway Company, the Toronto Harbour Commission, the corporation of the city of Toronto, and the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.