Mr. VINCENT DUPUIS (Laprairie-Napier-ville):
Mr. Speaker, during the session of 1930 the Hon. R. B. Bennett, then leader of the opposition, speaking on the question of the Caughnawaga bridge bill in the House of Commons said in Hansard, 1930, vol. Ill, page 2794:
A bridge is nothing more than a part of the king's highway projected over a stream or a gully or whatever it may be, and that highway in principle is free for use to all the king's subjects. The toll idea is very much exploded as far as the general use of highways is concerned, and has been for years.
About a month ago a large number of petitions was tendered to the hon. Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) asking, not for the abolition of a toll on bridges, but for a reduction of tolls on the harbour bridge and the Victoria bridge, as this had been promised by the minister himself previous to his election. I wish to know from him if he has now a report to give to the house on this matter in view of the fact that he told the house he would soon have a report to make on the harbour bridge and the Victoria bridge.