Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals) moved the second reading of Bill No. 152 respecting the Canadian National Railways.
He said: Mr. Speaker, the object of this bill is to allow the Canadian National Railway Company to do its own express business. Formerly there was the Canadian Northern Express Company, which afterwards became the Canadian National Express Company; there was the Canadian Express Company, which operated over the Grand Trunk and whose stock was vested in the Grand Trunk Company; and there was the Intercolonial Express Company, which had no connection with the Intercolonial Railway so far as ownership .was concerned, being a distinct company organized by other parties for the purpose of doing express business over the Intercolonial Railway. Eventually the Canadian Express Company took over the Intercolonial Express -Company. This combined company was afterwards amalgamated with the Canadian National Express Company in one organization. The stock of these various express companies of course is now vested in the Canadian National Railway Company, and for the purpose of economy the board has recommended that the Canadian National Railway Company itself be given power to do its own express business.
Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Gordon in the chair.
On section 1-Canadian National Railway Company authorized to carry on express company business:
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