That has not been done.
(Mr. RALSTON: That act was passed on the recommendation of the maritime claims' commission. And the following appears on pages 20 and 21 of their report:
We think, however, that a balanced study of the events and pronouncements prior to confederation, and at its consummation, confirms the representations submitted to us on behalf of the maritime governments, in regard to the ultimate construction of the railway, viz:-
(a) That leading Canadian statesmen in urging the adherence of the maritime provinces to confederation defined the purposes of the railroad to be
(i) A means of affording to Canadian merchandise, and to Canada herself in times of
national and imperial need, an outlet and inlet on the Atlantic ocean-available all the year round-and
(ii) To afford to maritime merchants, traders and manufacturers, a market of several millions of people instead of their being restricted to the small and scattered populations of the maritimes themselves, particularly in the light of the disturbance with which their trade was threatened as the result of the discontinuance by the United States of the reciprocal arrangements that had prevailed.
(b) That stategic considerations determined the actual course of the line-making it many miles (estimated by Sir Sandford Fleming at 250 miles) longer than was necessary-if the only consideration had been "to connect the cities of the maritime provinces with those of the St. Lawrence."
(c) That to the extent that commercial considerations were subordinate to national, imperial and strategic considerations, the cost would be borne by the Dominion and not by the traffic that might pass over the line.
Subtopic: MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN REPORT