April 29, 1918

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The Minister of Militia and Defence will give a reply at some later date to my hon. friend. I do -not think there is sufficient material available just at present to organize a brigade. A suggestion has, however, been made as to more units at the front of distinctively French Canadian personnel. That matter is under consideration.

Topic:   THE WAR.
Subtopic:   FRENCH CANADIAN BRIGADE.
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CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL FUND.


On the Orders of the Day:


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Right Hon. S@

made to the Canadian people in the celebrated portrait of Wolfe, and I feel that I may assure him that the thanks of this House and of the people are accorded to him for his magnificent generosity. I have already expressed the appreciation of the (Government, and I am now enabled to express, on behalf of the Parliament and people of Canada, their thanks for the splendid gift and their appreciation of the spirit which prompted the Duke of Westminster to present this (great historic painting to the people of Canada.

Topic:   CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL FUND.
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PRIVATE BILLS.

CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.


The House in Committee on Private Bills, Mr. Boivin in the Chair. Bill No. 37, respecting the Toronto, Niagara and Western Railway Company. -Mr. Morphy-in committee. On section 1-short title: Mr. CURRIE [DOT] This Bill is one that caused some trouble in the Railway Committee, and the Minister of Railways was to make a .statement in the House as to whether this was a Government Bill or not. I should like if he would present that statement now. (Mr. J. D. REID: This Bill is merely for the purpose of extending the charter of the Toronto, Niagara and Western Railway Company, a subsidiary company of the Canadian Northern Railway Company. This company is owned and controlled by the Dominion Government through the Canadian Northern Railway system. In the Railway Committee, representatives of the city of Toronto did raise some objections, until they understood that the clause in the extension of 1916 covered all their objections.


UNION

Robert Lorne Richardson

Unionist

Mr. RICHARDSON:

Any value that this has will accrue to the Government.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

About $1,200,000 has been expended on this road in purchasing right-of-way, making surveys and so on. Any benefits that will arise in so far as this railway is concerned, belong to the Dominion Government. .

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

This railway company, I understand, owns the right-of-way from Toronto to Niagara?

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

Yes.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

On that right-of-way,

there are two power lines. Is that right?

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I do not know about that.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

I want to know if they have bought any additional right-of-way during the last couple of years, because since the Electrical Development Company has put two power lines over this right-of-way, there is no room for a railway, and the railway company has leased to the Development Company the right to put power lines on that right-of-way.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

The stock of this subsidiary company is vested in the Canadian Northern Railway Company, and on October 1, 1917, five-sixths. of $60,000,000 of the stock of the Canadian Northern Railway was vested in the Dominion Government. Prior to that we had $40,000,000 worth of the stock, so that practically the whole stock of the Canadian Northern is owned by the Dominion Government.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Air. CURRIE:

But what is the relationship between, this railway company and the Electrical Development Company, which is not owned toy the Canadian Northern, but which is owned by the Toronto Street Railway Company, and which has put two power lines over the right of way of this railway company, and, is the Government in a position to state the rental paid for the use of the right of way?

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I never heard of that

before. That question was never raised before. At all events, whatever may have been the rights of the Canadian Northern in this railway company at the time the Canadian Northern was taken over, they now belong to the Dominion Government.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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L LIB

Frank S. Cahill

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CAHILL:

In what position is the Government of Canada with regard to the Canadian Northern Railway Company? Have we anything to say in the management at the present time?

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

The stock of the Canadian. Northern Railway Company has been vested in the Dominion Government in accordance with an Act of Parliament passed last session. The question as to the value of the stock taken over by the Dominion Government is now being determined by a Board of Arbitrators sitting at present in Toronto. The arbitrators, as I understand it, will complete their work some time soon, and afteT they have made their report the Dominion Government will take over the absolute control and operation of the railway. *

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

Does the minister intend to make a general statement to the House in regard to the railway situation, and if so, when, so that we may know if it is going to be defeated or not? It has been the custom to make such a statement.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE.
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April 29, 1918