Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 455, to extend the term of office of a transport commissioner.
He said: Mr. Commissioner Stone reached the retiring age as a member of the Board of Transport Commissioners on June 30, 1947. Section 9. subsection 4, of the Railway Act provides that a commissioner shall not hold office after having reached the age of seventy-five j'ears. The object of this bill is to extend the term of Mr. Commissioner Stone so there may be a representation on the board, of the labour organizations and of the maritime provinces. Mr. Commissioner Stone sat during the various hearings held by the board not only in Ottawa but elsewhere, in connection with the applications for rate increases. He is fully familiar with the evidence that has been taken, and it would be unfortunate if there were no representation of both these bodies when the decision of the board is handed down. I have had a word with the various leaders concerning this bill, and I am hopeful that they will be able to give their consent to it.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.