April 8, 1927

CON

John Alexander (1874-1948) Macdonald

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONALD (Kings):

The standardization of the Murray Harbour line should not require any particular investigation; it would simply be a continuation of work carried on in years past. That is now the only branch of the railway that is not standardized. No investigation should be necessary; the work should be continued. It

is a matter of great interest to the people of Kings county and southern Queens that assurance be given that that work will be continued this year.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

If my hon. friend presses me for a more definite answer than the statement I made regarding investigations generally, I must say that the railway management hold the view, with respect to standardization on the Prince Edward Island railway, that the next important step is to complete the standardization of the terminal works at Charlottetown. That is more important than the rest of the standarization, in the opinion of the management. Then there is the bridge question as well, as my deputy informs me. The bridge will not carry a very heavy train.

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CON

James Charles Brady

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADY:

Will the minister tell me if there is any amount in this estimate for an inquiry into the feasibility of the construction of a railway into the Red lake district?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

The matter of investigation of the economic feasibility of a new line of railway is one for the Canadian National Railways to deal with and does not come under this vote. I feel quite sure that the Canadian National Railways are watching very closely the development in the Red lake district.

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Item agreed to. To provide for the payment of salaries and expenses in connection with the St. Lawrence ship canal surveys and investigations, including the Canadian National Advisory Committee, and its employees and G-. W. Yates, $1,200 as secretary, $70,000.


CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

Will the minister inform me if the government intends to carry out that part of the Duncan report which relates to the appointment of an ad hoc commission to investigate the claims of the province of New Brunswick with respect to taking over the St. John and Quebec Railway?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

The government regards the whole question of lines in this category which are not part of the Canadian National system as one which requires some form of investigation. We have not in mind the idea of setting up a tribunal in connection with a particular line, but the desirability of working out some sort of arrangement which would involve investigation of the different situations obtaining with respect to rates in the area referred to in the maritime rates act as "select territory," on lines which are not now part of the Canadian National system but which connect therewith. I would not like to promise my

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Privilege-Mr. Edwards (Frontenac)

hon. friend to set up a separate forum for this road. We have not really thoroughly settled the matter of how we will proceed with the whole question of railway development.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

This investigation will be held covering the larger field?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

While not absolutely determined by the government, I think my hon. friend may take it that it will be proceeded with.

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Item agreed to. Loan to Canadian National Railway Company, $22,500,000.


LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

These estimates with respect to the railways and merchant marine are back from the committee and have been approved. Perhaps we could put them through now. If anyone wishes to discuss the one with respect to the Canadian National Railways I should be glad to let these items stand, but they have been examined by the special committee and recommended to the House.

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Item agreed to. Progress reported. On motion of Mr. Dunning the House adjourned at 12 midnight. Saturday, April 9, 1927.


April 8, 1927