-we would place it in the
hands of the government-owned railway. In any event, it was treated as a natural monopoly. It has prospered under that direction. I think we have to-day an air line that is as well operated as any air line in the world. I have been interested, in attending the international discussions, to hear the comment;, about Canada's air lines. I have been interested in the requests we have had from other air lines to send men to serve with Trans-Canada in order to obtain the Trans-Canada technique. We are told that our technique of operating an air line is equal to the best in the world.
It is the intention of the government to maintain the service on the main air routes as a government service. It was started that way. The government made the investment, and the original investment has been added to by earnings accruing from the operation of the system. This service has not cost the taxpayers of this country one cent; in fact the taxpayers have profited financially from the operation. We intend to continue that operation and expand it to meet the needs of the Canadian people' for interurban flying.
Then there is a second class of service, which I have referred to as bush service. I have said already that I believed that was better served by private enterprise. In interurban service we are able to maintain very close control. The air line is paralleled by
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telegraph services, teletype services and a communication service which allow those operating the line to be in touch with every plane in the air for every minute of its flight. A bush service is quite different; it depends upon the operator of the plane,'his knowledge of the territory and his ability to take care of himself in case of sudden emergency. As I say, the bush services were developed by private operators. They know their territory, and in my opinion are better able to serve that territory efficiently than the government would be through operating the service as part of a great enterprise. This type of service calls for individual attention, and I believe if we give an operator enough territory so that he can make a living in that territory and can prosper with its growth, provided that he looks after his customers, that is the ideal service for the north.
Then there is the third type of service in Canada, the charter flights. We are licensing quite a number of charter operations. The charter flyer has no scheduled service and no regular route. He is stationed in a city or other centre prepared to take parties who may charter his plane to any point in or near his territory.