March 21, 1919

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE.

UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE moved:

Thait the name of Mr. Heidi (Mackenzie) he added to the select standing committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph lines and struck off that on Privileges and Elections; and that the name of Mr. Wright he added to the select and standing committee on Agriculture and Colonization and struck off that on Standing Orders.

He said: I understand this matter has been made the subject of arrangement.

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

It is only by unanimous consent that this motion may be put.

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Motion agreed to.


IRRIGATION ACT AMENDMENT.


On motion for the third reading of Bill No. 8 to amend the Irrigation Act.


UNION

Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Unionist

Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Minister of the Interior):

On the motion for the third reading 1 desire to ask that the word "lake." be inserted after the word "watercourses " in sub-clause 2 of section 1. I believe this can be done on the third reading if there is no objection on the part of the House. If there is any objection, I will move the House back into committee.

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

That amendment can

only be made by unanimous consent; otherwise, in the ordinary course, the practice would be to move the Bill back into committee.

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L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

There can be no objection to the amendment.

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Amendment agreed to, and Bill read the third time.


ST. JOHN AND QUEBEC RAILWAY.


Bill No. 5 to authorize a further extension of time for the completion of the St. John and Quebec railway between Gagetown and Westfield-Hon. Mr. Reid-read the second time, considered in committee-Mr. Boivin in the Chair-and reported.


AID TOWARDS ELIMINATING LEVEL CROSSINGS.


The House in committee on the following proposed resolution: Resolved', That it is expedient to provide that the sum of two hundred thousand dollars per annum be appropriated and paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for ten consecutive years from the first day of April, nineteen hundred and nineteen, to aid actual construction work for the protection, safety and' convenience of the public in respect of highway crossings of railways at nail level, in existence on the first day of Aipril, nineteen hundred and nine.-Hon. Mr. Reid-(Mr. Boivin in the Chair.


UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. J. D. REID (Minister of Railways and Canals):

This simply extends for a

period of ten years the provision in the Railway Act which expires on April 1 next. There is no change whatever except as to the extension of time. The Act was passed ten years ago and expires in April. It is necessary to pass a Bill founded upon this resolution in order that the Board of Railway Commissioners may continue paying the Dominion Government's proportion on any crossing that they may decide it should pay.

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L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough):

Can the minister give us any information as to the number of crossings towards the elimination of which aid has been granted?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID:

No, I have not that information. We will have this question up again when we have the Railway Act before the House. In the Consolidated Railway Act, which we shall have before the House in a short time, it is proposed to amend the present Act by increasing the Government's contribution to twenty-five per cent of the cost of the actual construction work, but it shall not exceed in any such case the sum of $15,000, and no such money shall be applied in any one year to more than six crossings on any one railway in any one municipality, or more than once in any one year to any one crossing. If the Consolidated Railway Act were in existence it would not be necessary to pass the present Bill, but as it may take some time to enact, we deem it well to bring down the present Bill.

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L LIB

James Alexander Robb (Chief Government Whip)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Is there a fixed policy which the Board of Railway Commissioners follows, as beween the railways, the municipalities, and the Government?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID:

The Board of Railway

Commissioners determines what proportion of the cost should be paid by the municipalities, the railway companies, and the Dominion Government respectively.

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L LIB

James Alexander Robb (Chief Government Whip)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Is there a fixed policy that governs throughout the country, in the country districts as well as in the cities, with respect to this matter? What is the policy of the Government in connection with new roads that are constructed? Is the construction of such roads allowed to go on, regardless of the level crossing arrangement, subject to that being fixed up afterwards, or is there a definite policy that governs before construction is undertaken?

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March 21, 1919