Mr. T. L. CHURCH (North Toronto) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 31, to amend the Railway Act, 1919.
He said: The object of the amendment is to restore the special rates that applied prior to the war in regard to tickets purchased on such special occasions as Thanksgiving Day and certain other holidays and for the purposes of attendance at fall fairs, conventions and sporting events which are held throughout Canada. Before the war, single fares or a fare and a third were charged, instead of the full return fare, to persons attending various functions of this character on certain days, and special occasions and conventions of different kinds held by farmers' and other organizations. In connection with sporting events, such as soccer, lacrosse, football, hockey, and other games, there was also a cut rate for week-ends. If the old special rate that obtained on such occasions prior to the war were restored there would be a large increase in the earnings of the railways from this
class of traffic, in the ordinary course of good business.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.