Mr. G. R. GEARY (South Toronto):
My hon. friend the Minister of Public Works has emphasized the fact that tolls will be available to pay the expenses of this bridge, and to pay the deficit and something by way of principal. In that connection may I point
out to the minister that this matter is in the unfortunate position that the lieutenant-governor in council of the province of Quebec is allowed to set the toll, not the Dominion Railway Board, not the Quebec Commission. The Dominion parliament has no jurisdiction in the matter. I think the government would do well if it were to discount the forty annual payments of $42,500 each and have the obligation paid off. The day of toll bridges is past, and the public would not allow the province of Quebec to maintain a toll on this bridge. The bridge would no sooner be built and the toll charged, than the government of the province of Quebec, having sole jurisdiction in the matter, would allow the tolls to be discontinued.
Subtopic: PROPOSED CAUGHNAWAGA BRIDGE