There are no shares; this is under the authority of a commission appointed by the province of Quebec. The bridge is to be constructed, guarantees are to be made by the province, and the Dominion is to contribute towards deficits. The Dominion is to pay one-third and the province two-thirds of any deficits which might accrue each year.
the load, to pay off the sinking fund, and for maintenance. The tolls are used for the purpose of defraying the costs of maintenance and operation, and the interest on any loan which may be advanced for the purpose of construction and sinking fund.
I think I must call the house to order; the disoussion is irregular. We are discussing the principle of the bridge construction, and only one speech may properly be delivered by each member. There may be no cross-questioning, because we have not reached the committee stage.
But it is entirely the business of the province of Quebec. We as the Dominion parliament have no right to enter into an agreement which affects the province of Quebec and this other corporation. As the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) has told us, because the enterprise touches an Indian reserve we have certain obligations. It may be proper for us to determine what our obligation is in that connection to the province of Quebec. By this bill we are obligating the Dominion parliament to pay $1,700,000 spread over a forty-year period, or about $42,500 each year.