You could sell the stock in them, of course. Just to show you how delicate some of these things are, recently in a certain legislature in one of the states it was charged against the Canadian National that it was spending all the money in Canada, and not spending in the United States the money to which the United States was entitled on account of the mileage there. Of course, there is not any foundation for that statement, but that question was raised, and I heard that without any criticism that legislature, in both houses, passed an act to take over without the consent of the Canadian National or of the Canadian government a certain mileage of the Canadian National railway, which it is stated that state intends to sell to another company. I do not know whether that is so or not, but I am citing that as a matter of public record just to show the delicate questions that sometimes arise in connection with the operation of the Can-
adian National lines in the United States. I want to add this, that on the whole every state in the Union, and the federal government of the United States as well, has given the Canadian National system fair play, and given it just as good an opportunity as if it was one of their own lines.
Now may I be permitted to refer to the question of taxation? That is a live question in the Dominion of Canada with reference to the railways in the various provinces. The company lines, and these are the lines exclusive of the Canadian government lines, pay their taxes now as they did before. The Canadian government lines proper-these are the Intercolonial, the Prince Edward Island, the Hudson Bay and the Transcontinental-being government owned have not paid any taxes. To my mind, while that is constitutional, because you cannot tax the king or his property, I am rather of the opinion that where a government and the people deliberately go into a commercial enterprise they will eventually have to bear some of the responsibility attaching to that commercial enterprise.
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