May 6, 1938

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I think this section was amended by the committee.

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

On the copy I have this section is deleted, and the next section is 14.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It is still in my copy of the bill.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

In the reprinted bill I have there is a section 13.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I know objection was

taken to this, in regard to bonuses and so on, and it may be that the committee struck it out. There was objection to the company receiving grants and bonuses, and the chairman says this section is marked "expunged" in his copy. If the government of Ontario is going to build the 'bridge, the government might not want this section in the act.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

If it is to be built by private financing it may be that the government will be required to supplement that financing. Under the circumstances I see no objection to this section.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I know it was struck out in part; I cannot say as to the whole section. It was struck out in part, I assume, because of these words at the end of the section.

. . . or as subventions for services and may dispose thereof and may alienate such of the said property as is not required for the purposes of the company in carrying out the provisions of this act.

The first part of the section, enabling the company to receive grants, bonuses or gifts, is not an unusual provision with respect to any company.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

What position are we in now, Mr. Chairman? We have a bill from the committee from which, according to the authenticated records, this section has been struck out. There must be a proper way of having that reconsidered, if the committee so desires.

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

My information is that this committee can restore this section if it so desires.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Upon notice. I had to give notice the other day. A private bill requires notice of one day of proposed amendments. I suppose if it were struck out by the committee it should be regarded as being out of the bill.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I think we all agree that there is no harm in the first part and no purpose in the second part. If I could obtain unanimous consent I would move that the part of the section after the word "guarantee" in the thirty-eighth line be deleted, and the balance remain.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Would not the motion be in the first instance that section 13 as printed be restored to the bill, with the exception of the words following the word "guarantee"

Niagara Falls Bridge

in the thirty-eighth line? It does not appear why this section should be struck out; there is no reason why they should not receive gifts if they wish to do so. They should have the capacity to receive them.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

It would require unanimous consent to waive the notice.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I so move.

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Motion agreed to. Section as amended agreed to. On section 14-Amalgamation with other companies or authorities.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I cannot help thinking,

Mr. Chairman, that if the Minister of Transport would give the same attention to section 14 as he has given to the section which was eliminated he would find it a little difficult to understand. It is a most extraordinary clause. As the matter now stands, all through the bill this company has been called "the company," and it is given power to fix tolls and do everything else under the control of Canadian authorities. It is now proposed to give it power to amalgamate with any other company in Canada or the United States. Then it is proposed that the amalgamated companies shall still be subject to the control of Canadian law. I only point out that if that is so, nobody will ever be able to get very far with it. Those opposed to the bill would perhaps be doing the best thing in the world by simply saying, "Pass it; and pass it quickly."

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Section agreed to. Section 15 agreed to. On section 16-Borrowing powers of amalgamated company.


LIB

Frederick George Sanderson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

The committee amended section 16.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

What is the amendment to section 16?

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

The amendment carried by the committee to section 16 was this:

(2) In any amalgamation under this section with other companies or authority the Canadian shareholders or members of such authority shall not be less than one-lialf.

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May 6, 1938