As to the right of a member of Parliament to travel on freight trains, or on any except regular passenger trains,
I wish to say a word.
I have no fault to find with anything. I have never been refused transportation, and have received every courtesy from the railways. Sometimes they do not ask me to sign the release, but I always insist on signing it. I have taken the view of the hon. gentleman from Renfrew (Mr. Graham), that I have not the legal right to travel on a freight train, but I thought I would like to raise the discussion. The Railway Department may know something about the view the railway companies take of this question.
I move that the following be added to this section:
All railway employees on local passenger trains running in the province of Quebec, having to deal with the travelling public, shall be conversant with the English and French languages from and after January 1, 1919.
Amendment agreed to; section as amended agreed to.
On section 346-members of Parliament and board, etc., free:
does not adopt the suggestion of the member for Saskatoon (Mr. McCraney), this section ought to stand. If a member loses his pass or it is taken away from him, I do not think that he should have to pay for his transportation.
privilege. If in ordinary cases a man pays when he should not pay, he may recover from the railway company. If a member mislays his certificate or leaves it behind him-, the railway company is nothing out, even if it does- make a refund. In any case, I do not see why they should not be compelled to make refund in such cases.
and 349 refer to the carrying of dangerous commodities. They have been amended to provide that when carrying dynamite, etc., railway companies must conform with the regulations made by the board. The board has issued exhaustive regulations in this matter.
months ago when travelling from Montreal to Ste. Agathe to find that dangerous- explosives were being carried on the train.
I hope that the Railway Commissioners have adopted very stringent regulations respecting the carrying of such dangerous commodities.
Section -agreed to. .
On section 350-carriage of mails, troops, equipment, etc.:
Mr. J, E. ARMSTRONG: The commission struck out after the word "Canada," on the sixth line, the words- "the Commander of the Forces" and inserted the words "the Minister of Militia or the Deputy Minister of Militia."
deals with a matter in which I have taken a deep personal interest-water-borne traffic. I hope that at no distant date we shall be able to place the boat-s on our inland waters under the control of the Railway Commission.