April 7-That was the very day the amendment was moved in this house. The order in council goes on:
The committee of the privy council have had before them the petition of the transportation commission of the maritime board of trade (representing, inter alia, the governments of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island), and representations on behalf of the governments of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia to vary order No. 70425 of the board of transport commissioners for Canada of March 30, 1948, by providing that tariff schedules published and filed under the provisions of the said order be not effective until at least thirty days from the date of the said order.
The committee of the privy council, having given due consideration to the said petitions and representations, are unable to advise that the said order of the board of transport commissioners for Canada be varied in the sense requested.
(Signed) A. D. P. Heeney,
Clerk of the privy council.
My point is that application was made by seven provinces, that the government considered it and turned it down, and only now, after long discussions in the house, does the government come forward and say that if they receive a petition for a further appeal they will give consideration to it.
I want to deal with one other point in this connection. When the minister was speaking of the decision to have a full investigation made of the freight rate structure, he made the statement that if the amendment now before the house moved by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) were passed, it would result in denying to the railways any further revenue by way of increased freight rates, and he implied that if that were the fact there could be no other result than that the railways in Canada would have to amalgamate.